Don’t let the friendly greeting and buckets of food they carry fool you: Carmen and her brother Rafito don’t work for Meals on Wheels. Rather, they’re in the business of smuggling undocumented immigrants from Puerto Rico to the Dominican Republic. Work ends, and no sooner does Rafito drop Carmen off at home than he’s summoned to the morgue to identify her body. But this isn’t the type of job that comes with bereavement leave. With barely any time to process his loss, Rafito is called on to perform the most harrowing journey of his career. To say that Silence of the Wind has gut-wrenching tension built into every frame would be something of an understatement. Naturalism abounds in first time director Álvaro Aponte Centeno’s character study, with a climactic sequence that’s a master-class example of how to cut together a harrowing shipwreck. (2017) — Scott Marks
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