"God is not a torturer. He wants us to have mercy with ourselves" is Martin Scorsese's favorite line from Robert Bresson's Diary of a Country Priest (1951), which explains why Silence (2016) even exists. Though I think Silence has higher stakes in that question than Diary of a Country Priest does. But then, Silence is also fairly clearly an answer not just to this film but also to Bergman's three films on God: Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, and The Silence. Anyway, I guess what I'm saying is that I saw Silence twice in theaters, can't stop thinking about it, and suspect that it will have a Criterion release in the future.
But since it's not in here yet, this week's episode isn't about Silence, it's about Diary of a Country Priest, another film where a guy gets stomach cancer, but decidedly less life-affirmingly.