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Beyond Silence (1996)

Jenseits der Stille (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 5 June 1998 (USA)
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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Storyline

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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About life, love and the sound of snow. 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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$171,334 (USA) (3 July 1998)
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1.85 : 1
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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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Weihnachten
Composed by Jochen Schmidt-Hambrock
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Story of my life!
12 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

As the child of a single parent who is deaf, Beyond Silence is, in most aspects, a very true portrait of how I grew up. Scenes such as going to the bank and talking to the teacher were my actual experiences and difficulties I have faced all the time. It was just so real I couldn't help getting emotional as the story went on. For those who live or work with deaf or hard-of-hearing people, this is a must see; for those who don't, you should definitely see it as well and cherish your good sense of hearing -- being able to communicate easily is not a gift for everyone as most people take for granted.


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