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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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Über das Leben, die Liebe und den Klang des Schnees. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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5 June 1998 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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$171,334 (USA) (3 July 1998)
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Martin: How does snow sound? What does it say to you?
Lara: It says, "Crunch, crunch, brr, brr."
Martin: What are "crunch" and "brr"? What kind of words are they?
Lara: To tell the truth, snow doesn't say much. It's even said that snow swallows every sound. When snow is on the ground, everything is much quieter.
Martin: Honest? Snow makes the world quiet? That's beautiful.
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Unusual subject, beautiful movie
16 December 1999 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

One person asked whether German Sign Language is the same as American Sign Language, and, knowing just a bit of ASL, I can tell you that it appears to be the same. (French SL is almost identical, and I presume it's similar throughout the western countries.)

As for the movie, it's one of the best I've seen. Two things I especially liked about it: 1. The story is totally individual, and it isn't part of any genre -- it's just a real-people story. (I remember thinking this about "Fearless" as well.) 2. The story is so well written around the main character, Lara -- she herself has many facets to her personality, but no other character sees all of them. Each person understands and evokes only one side of her. This creates conflicts within the character, which the actresses do a great job of expressing.

What a terrific movie.


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