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Beyond Silence (1996)
"Jenseits der Stille" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Music  |  5 June 1998 (USA)
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Since the earliest days in her childhood Lara has had a difficult but important task. Both her parents are deaf-mute and Lara has to translate from sign-language to the spoken word and vice... See full summary »

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Lara
Tatjana Trieb ...
Lara als Kind (Lara as Child)
Howie Seago ...
Martin
Emmanuelle Laborit ...
Kai
Sibylle Canonica ...
Clarissa
Matthias Habich ...
Gregor (Clarissa's husband)
Alexandra Bolz ...
Marie
Hansa Czypionka ...
Tom
Doris Schade ...
Lilli
Horst Sachtleben ...
Robert
Hubert Mulzer ...
Herr Gärtner
Birge Schade ...
Fräulein Mertens
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Bankbeamter
Lea Mekhméche ...
Johanna
Laurel Severin ...
Martin als Kind
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Since the earliest days in her childhood Lara has had a difficult but important task. Both her parents are deaf-mute and Lara has to translate from sign-language to the spoken word and vice versa when her parents want to communicate with other people. Getting older and more mature she becomes interested in music and starts to play clarinet very successfully. However her parents are deaf, they cannot share Lara's musical career. The day comes when Lara has to decide between her parents and her own ambitions. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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$60,888 (USA) (12 June 1998)

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$171,334 (USA) (3 July 1998)
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Lara: The saddest things in life are separations and deaths. I don't want to say good-bye anymore. I've had enough of that.
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a heart-warming piece
17 February 2001 | by (Lancashire, England) – See all my reviews

I think this is a very neatly made movie. Although the focus of the movie itself is on Lara, the audience is also able to get to know each character's personality (e.g. Lara's parents, and her aunt and uncle). I personally found the reconciliation scene of Lara's Father and his sister very touching (though a bit too quick).

This movie encourages people to go and search for their own ideals and ambitions, and at the same time let them know that despite every kind of fame and riches in the world, nothing can be more important and precious than the love from your own family. Very touching indeed.

The music used in this movie is breath-taking as well. Alas that it doesn't have a soundtrack (or does it?).


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