The Eye of Silence

Being able to see in the dark is a blessing, but in Beijing it's a curse.

Emmanuel Sapolsky’s The Eye of Silence is a taut, unusually despondent revenge thriller but what really helps distinguish the film in a very crowded, typically undemanding genre is how fundamentally engrained its drama feels in the changing values and rampant commodification of our globalised era. The relation between the raw human animal and the glamorously artificial civilisation we’ve built for ourselves strikes a consistent thematic presence as Chinese Francophile Amelie comes inadvertently into conflict with a new urban Darwinism based on sex and materialism.

A compelling and unique feature debut that ought to raise curiosity about what writer-director Sapolsky could do with more time and a bigger budget at his disposal.

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