5 Movies in Which Silence Plays the Lead

Arts & CultureJune 4, 2017
5 Movies in Which Silence Plays the Lead

If you wish to have a few hours of silence before starting a new week, take a look at our list of movies with no dialogues. As they say, speech is silver but silence is golden.

The Red Turtle

This silent animation by Studio Ghibli portrays the escape efforts of a man who is cast away on a deserted island as a result of a sea accident. Since there’s no dialogue in the movie, we surrender ourselves to be taken in by the colors of animation, in which most of the scenes are open to interpretation. This 2-D fairy tale directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film in 2017 Academy Awards. Though it lost the award to Zootopia, we were all cheering for the giant turtle.


Daft Punk’s Electroma

Directed by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, the movie features how Daft Punk members metamorphose from robots to humans – or we think so because no one says anything in this film! Considering the fact that most of the sound in the movie is the footsteps of Daft Punk members (played by actors, not themselves), this movie is a hard-to-swallow experimental production unless you’re an avid Daft Punk fan.



Think of a family drama with incest, castration and bloody orgasms where no one utters a single word. Of course, Kim Ki-Duk is behind this unusual production. Notorious for the violent scenes in his movies, the director makes away with the dialogue and takes the meaning of “uncomfortable” to a whole new level by revealing the irrationality of human instincts. Let’s not spoil how extreme it gets and let you see it for yourself.



Girl Walk // All Day

Girl Walk // All Day is actually a long music video that tells how three dancers discover New York. Prepared for Girl Talk’s mash-up album, All Day, this 75-day video features scenes of love, exploration and rebellion as three dancers – The Girl, The Gentleman and The Creep – stroll the pavements, parks and stadiums of the city. Filmed in public spaces and crowdfunded by fans, the movie is like a love letter to New York.


The Last Battle

Let’s admit one thing – we watch and admire Luc Besson’s movies for the imagery rather than the dialogue. Besson’s first feature-length movie, The Last Combat, takes viewers to a post-apocalyptic future where people are physically unable to speak and have to fight each other for resources. Filmed in black and white, the movie’s eerie soundtrack occasionally resembles early silent movies.

Author: Gamze Kantarcıoğlu