Silence (2016) Poster

(I) (2016)

Liam Neeson: Ferreira



  • Ferreira : I do because you are just like me. You see Jesus in Gethsemane and believe your trial is the same as His. Those five in the pit are suffering too, just like Jesus, but they don't have your pride. They would never compare themselves to Jesus. Do you have the right to make them suffer? I heard the cries of suffering in this same cell. And I acted.

  • Ferreira : There's a saying in here: "Mountains and rivers can be moved but men's nature cannot be moved".

  • Ferreira : I pray too, Rodrigues. It doesn't help. Go on, pray. But pray with your eyes open.

  • Ferreira : We were taught to love those who scorned us.

    Father Sebastião Rodrigues : I feel nothing for them.

    Ferreira : Only Our Lord can judge your heart.


    Father Sebastião Rodrigues : You said, "Our Lord."


    Ferreira : I doubt it.

  • [first lines] 

    Ferreira : [narrating]  1633. Pax Christi. Praised be God. Although for us there is little peace in this land now. I never knew Japan when it was a country of light, but I have never known it to be as dark as it is now. All our progress has ended in new persecution, new repression, new suffering. They use ladles filled with holes so the drops would come out slowly, and the pain would be prolonged. Each small splash of the water was like a burning coal. The Governor of Nagasaki took four friars, and one of our own society to Unsen. There are hotsprings there. The Japanese call them "hells," partly I think, in mockery. And partly, I must tell you, in truth.

    [command is given and the captives are untied] 

    Ferreira : The officials told our Padres to abandon God and the gospel of his love. But they not only refused to apostatize, they asked to be tortured so they could demonstrate the strength of their faith and the presence of God within them. Some remained on the mountain for 33 days. The story of their courage gives hope to those of us priests who remain here in secret. We will not abandon our hidden Christians who live in fear. We only grow stronger in his love.

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