In the 17th century, two Jesuit Priests travel to Japan where both Catholicism and virtually all foreign contacts are banned. They witness the persecution of the Christian Japanese by the government who want to wipe away all Western influence. They themselves suffer violence and persecution while traveling around to find their mentor and spread Christianity. Silence marks director Martin Score's first real return to religious issues since 1988's The last temptation of the Christ. Nöjesguidens Calle Wahlström describes it as "Somewhat long and uneven in the direction [...] but still impossible to tear away from when the silence is the most oppressive."