The Silence (1963) was object for an intense debate on censorship due to erotic scenes that were considered too explicit. The film itself was in a sense overshadowed by the debate, even though it is one of Ingmar Bergman strongest and darkest portrays of human loneliness and debasement. Bergman himself considered The Silence as the end of a trilogy on the loss of religious faith also consisting of Through a Glass Darkly (1961) and Winter Light (1963).
The film is about two sisters named Anna and Ester who are staying in an unknown town in Eastern Europe. The themes of loneliness and lack of communication is given a rarely radical and pure, almost stylized, expression. The sisters have nothing left to say to each other, the language is incomprehensible and and the town seems to be occupied. Ester is ill and lying in bed, while Anna is spending her time in erotical amusement.