For me, Silence (2016) is unlike any other work of Scorsese and the ending particularly left me puzzled.

What is the significance of the cross in the main character's hand when he is cremated given that he chose to give up his faith?

Though I understand the symbolism, I don't get the point! Can somebody please explain?

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    Don't worry, there's no need to hide your question behind an empty box. People who don't want to know the ending of Silence won't click on a question that's titled "The ending of Silence".
    – Napoleon Wilson
    May 2 '19 at 15:35
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    I haven't seen the movie but the Wikipedia entry seems to suggest that the main character doesn't actually renounce his faith....just appears to do so with Christ's blessing.
    – Paulie_D
    May 2 '19 at 15:48
  • The film is also an adaption of a 1966 novel of the same name. So one might be able to find an answer there depending on how different or similar the endings are. Oct 5 '19 at 19:18

Rodrigues never repudiates Christ in his heart, only in his actions (Christ himself gave him permission to do so). Thus, though he had to keep it to himself, he was a Christian to the end.

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