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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
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Clarissa
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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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Drama | Music

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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)

Gross:

$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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I Will Survive
Written by Dino Fekaris / Freddie Perren
Performed by Gloria Gaynor
By courtesy of PolyGram GmbH and PolyGram Int. Publ. Inc.
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8 July 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Young Lara is in a most unusual situation: her parents are both deaf-mute, so she has to communicate for both of them. It's sort of a constraining situation, and when a relative gives Lara the chance to become a musician, her parents try to keep her at home. She will have to choose.

The idea of the daughter having to speak for her parents is not something that I ever would have thought about, but "Jenseits der Stille" (called "Beyond Silence" in English) made me think about it. It's always good to be able to see such intellectual stories, especially when Hollywood makes so many pointless blow-'em-up movies.


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