When the music stops, so does life. This is the most important thing ‘The sound of silence’ teaches us. And it is one hundred percent true. We as humans find ourselves lonely and alone so many times, and as a result, we need a break from ourselves, our minds and our thoughts, therefore going directly to music and take the simple and perfect road to finding ourselves inside our mind. The woman in ‘The sound of silence’ is powered by music in the same way the engine of a car is powered by fuel, and when the music stops, her mind goes off. The following moments are painful to watch and to be lived, as the silence screams louder than any speaker known to man.
The story, even if it’s really short, has the right amount of runtime to explain the whole narrative in detail, and even offer a starting point of how the following could be dealt with. When the woman feels her mind going crazy she starts to act differently just as in an epilepsy crisis. Her desperation can be seen in the scene where she is reaching for the guitar amplifier as a scuba-diver with an empty tank would do to an underwater hose that pumps fresh air. The need for sound is like the need for air in this case.
The editing of Sejiane Belmont's short also made it send the right vibes, and most importantly, made us feel it in a very personal way. This short experimental has the advantage of reaching the audience more than most experimental movies do, and that's because the majority of the viewers may find themselves in such a situation. The unique intimacy music can offer the regular individual is breathtaking, another reason why ‘The sound of silence’ managed to reproduce it with great ease.
Written by Vlad A. G