MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,172 this week

A Question of Silence (1982)
"De stilte rond Christine M." (original title)

6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 528 users  
Reviews: 23 user | 4 critic

Three women, all strangers to each other, meet in a dress boutique. One of the three is approached by the male proprietor as she is shoplifting a garment. When he approaches her the other ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 33 titles
created 10 Dec 2011
 
a list of 45 titles
created 23 May 2012
 
a list of 27 titles
created 01 Oct 2013
 
list image
a list of 25 titles
created 07 Nov 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Question of Silence (1982)

A Question of Silence (1982) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Question of Silence.
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A Dutch matron establishes and, for several generations, oversees a close-knit, matriarchal community where feminism and liberalism thrive.

Director: Marleen Gorris
Stars: Willeke van Ammelrooy, Jan Decleir, Veerle van Overloop
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Dah and Jocelyn come from Benin, Africa, to coach their rooster, "S'en fout la mort", for an illicit cock-fight in the basement of a restaurant.

Director: Claire Denis
Stars: Isaach De Bankolé, Alex Descas, Solveig Dommartin
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

During Stalin's reign of terror, Evgenia Ginzburg, a literature professor, was sent to 10 years hard labor in a gulag in Siberia. Having lost everything, and no longer wishing to live, she meets the camp doctor and begins to come back to life.

Director: Marleen Gorris
Stars: Emily Watson, Pam Ferris, Ian Hart
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The intertwined lives of 2 women in 1970's France, set against the progress of the women's movement in which Agnes Varda was involved. Pomme and Suzanne meet when Pomme helps Suzanne obtain... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Varda
Stars: Thérèse Liotard, Valérie Mairesse, Robert Dadiès
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Set in Kumba in South West Cameroon Sisters in Law follows Adultery, Rape and Abuse cases led by a Female Judge.

Directors: Florence Ayisi, Kim Longinotto
Stars: Vera Ngassa, Beatrice Ntuba
Smithereens (1982)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A narcissistic runaway engages in a number of parasitic relationships amongst members of New York's waning punk scene.

Director: Susan Seidelman
Stars: Susan Berman, Brad Rijn, Richard Hell
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where African folk-ways were maintained well into the 20th Century and was one of the last ... See full summary »

Director: Julie Dash
Stars: Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbarao
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This film travels through fantasy and reality as Ivens goes to China to capture the Wind. The film reflects the film maker's journey - from his first film on the wind (Pour Le Mistral)to ... See full summary »

Director: Joris Ivens
Stars: Joris Ivens, Henxiang Han, Guilian Liu
Utu (1984)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In New Zealand in the 1860s the native Maori people fought the British colonials to keep the land guaranteed to them by treaty. The warrior Te Wheke fights for the British until betrayal ... See full summary »

Director: Geoff Murphy
Stars: Anzac Wallace, Bruno Lawrence, Tim Elliott
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A week before its delivery, a baby warns his pregnant mother he doesn't want to come out in this world and prefers to die instead. She tries then to convince him otherwise by telling him ... See full summary »

Director: Marion Hänsel
Stars: Carmen Maura, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Didier Bezace
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the old days it was called hypochrondria, or black melancholia. Now, apparently, it's termed the Asthenic Syndrome. Whatever it is, Nikolai, a teacher of epicly indifferent pupils, has ... See full summary »

Director: Kira Muratova
Stars: Olga Antonova, Sergei Popov, Galina Zakhurdaeva
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Marleen Gorris
Stars: Lineke Rijxman, Henriëtte Tol, Edda Barends
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edda Barends ...
Huisfrouw
Nelly Frijda ...
Koffiejuffrouw
Henriëtte Tol ...
Secretaresse
Cox Habbema ...
Psychiater
Eddie Brugman ...
Echtgenoot
Hans Croiset ...
Rechter
Erik Plooyer ...
Officier van Justitie
Anna van Beers
Eric Besseling
Noa Cohen
Kees Coolen ...
Inspecteur
Edgar Danz
Diana Dobbelman ...
Vrouw van Psychiater
Miranda Frijda
Edit

Storyline

Three women, all strangers to each other, meet in a dress boutique. One of the three is approached by the male proprietor as she is shoplifting a garment. When he approaches her the other two join her in beating the man to death. Other female shoppers ignore the whole situation and leave when the crime is complete. The court appoints a female psychriatrist to examine the women; contrary to public opinion the psychiatrist finds they are not insane but implies the rage expressed by the crime is a result of the male dominated society. An interesting study of extreme behavior. The prisoner's cells were a revelation. Written by Rosemarie Friedman <ezra@postoffice.ptd.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

18 February 1982 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

A Question of Silence  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Allemaal film: Tussen kunst en kassa (2007) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A question of intent...
31 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After watching this film, I was forced to come search for what others had taken from it. I was shocked and jarred, however, at the heteroglossia present. SM-4 from Alabama wrote that, "Everyone assumes they must be insane, because to admit otherwise is to admit that the world is a very bad place for women, indeed." While it may be possible to interpret the film in this way and it may even be the intended interpretation, it strikes me as disingenuous. Though the court and justice system's appearing inability to imagine these women as competent is a form of sexism, it does not point to a "world (that) is a very bad place for women." Indeed, three white men not too long ago in America might have met in a store with a black man and beat him to death. According to SM-4's logic, the world would be a very bad place for white men also.

Just because one racial group, religious group, or gender strikes out at those whom they feel oppressed, threatened, or harmed by, that does not prove that those feeling of oppression, injury, or injustice are valid. In some cases, mitigating evidence may exist. In A Question of Silence, however, I found none.


5 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The story.... slewis88
Discuss A Question of Silence (1982) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?