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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatjana Trieb ...
Lara als Kind (Lara as Child)
Howie Seago ...
Emmanuelle Laborit ...
Gregor (Clarissa's husband)
Alexandra Bolz ...
Hansa Czypionka ...
Doris Schade ...
Horst Sachtleben ...
Hubert Mulzer ...
Herr Gärtner
Birge Schade ...
Fräulein Mertens
Lea Mekhméche ...
Laurel Severin ...
Martin als Kind


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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Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

5 June 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beyond Silence  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$171,334 (USA) (3 July 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Jenseits der Stille.
2 June 2007 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to get to see this movie in a German lesson in school. Basically right from the start I was caught up in it and knew, that this would be something different. The mood of the movie simply progressed with ease and gentleness, and at the same time hurled you into a world many never would have thought of. The world of a normal young girl, who has to go through an unusual dilemma, because both of her parents are deaf, and at the same time face the difficulties of life, experiencing her own true self. Finding herself turns out to be one of the real challenges in her life, because she has to separate herself from her parents and walk down her own path, without turning her back on them. She wants to be a musician, an idea which her father does not understand or support. Becoming a musician, despite the fact that her parents are deaf, gives a very clear and pure image, of how children tend to disobey their parents and create their own identity. The movie ends without really wrapping up every lose end, but it does not spoil it. Nonetheless it gives the movie the perfect ending, in which everything that really matters, works out. The idea of the movie and the very story has, as I have mentioned, a very deep and original plot, but this movies has more to it than this. Great acting (especially from the father), great music and is overall greatly directed and written. Good movie with many details. 7/10

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