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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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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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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Quotes

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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Written by Ora Bat Chaim
Performed by Giora Feidman
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Great Piece of Art
27 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

I think this is a GREAT film, and a wonderful piece of artwork. A very touching story between Lara and her parents. By the end I was weeping I was so touched ( and I don't cry easily at movies ). The Deaf culture is one very few of us take time to understand, but I think through films we can at least try. I HIGHLY recommend this film to anyone who is interested in Deaf culture, or just a great foreign film.


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