Aesthetics of Silence and the Ethics of Voice: The Soundscape of Asghar Farhadi’s Cinema


MSGSÜ Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi, vol.2, no.17, pp.126-135, 2018 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2 Issue: 17
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Journal Name: MSGSÜ Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.126-135
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: Yes


This paper is a contribution to the discussion of silence in art, firstly through elaborating onthe nature of silence and then through its utilization in sound cinema, focusing on the movies ofIranian auteur, Asghar Farhadi. Summarizing broader views on the (im)possibility of silence andits ethical and political boundaries, this article specifies the issue by examining three moviesfrom Farhadi: About Elly (2009), A Separation (2011), and The Past (2013), all of which are basedon a story of searching for the truth. Through the partial talks and strategic silences from the charactersand director, the ethical and aesthetical implications of these silences in disentanglingthe truth will be discussed.