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Cast overview, first billed only:
Der junge Polizist
Die Ermittlerin
Peter Fitz ...
Martin Hinrich
Wilhelm Manske ...
Der Russe
Gertraud Jesserer ...
Sicherheitschef des Russen
Murat Yilmaz ...
Killer des Russen
Freundin des Russen
Kevin Ruhland ...
Observierer Kamera
Werner Karle Jr. ...
Observierer Ton (as Werner Karle jun.)
Antonio Di Mauro ...
Polizist in Ninas Wohnung (as Antonio Dimauro)


Viktor, a methodical hit man, probably on his last job, has no plan for his retirement. He does not kill Nina, a woman sleeping beside his latest mark; then he follows her and rescues her from an attempted suicide. Nina is attracted to him, but also wants to know who he is. Her pursuit of his identity crosses the investigation of Lang, a brilliant police investigator who tries to inhabit the minds of the victims and the killer. Viktor's employer also wants to kill Viktor and his contact, an aging arms dealer and family friend. Does Viktor have a future? Written by <>

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Your Arms In My Arms
Music and lyrics Gary Marlowe, Ben Mono, Mennan Yapo
Vocals by Karin Auer
Produced by Ben Mono & Gary Marlowe
Mix Ben Mono
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A Dark, Tense, Atmospheric German Thriller
27 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

LAUTLOS (Soundless) is yet another film by Director/writer Mennan Yapo (with writing assists form Lars-Olaf Beier) that takes on a story of a hit man on his last job and makes it into a fine psychological thriller. The cinematography, lighting, music and pacing of this strangely dark film provide an excellent background for a superb cast of actors.

Viktor (Joachim Król) is an aging hit man, a perfectionist whose reputation as a genius killer includes the fact that he works so well that he is soundless in his paid executions. We are privy to his mind's working as he focuses on his last hit, a man with a lady in his room Nina (the very beautiful Nadja Uhl) whose life he spares in the hit, an act of emotional response to the beautiful woman but an act that causes his employer to set a mark on him for his failure. Viktor saves Nina from suicide and the two become enchanted with each other. Viktor has found love at the end of his career as a murderer: Nina wants to get to know Viktor better before committing to his advances. Enter the police headed by the brilliant Lang (Christian Berkel) who is determined to capture Viktor by studying his patterns and mind tracings. Viktor and Nina are on the run but with a goal - that they will join at the sea and leave the life of crime. But before this can happen they must go through a literal wall of flames (a touch of Wagner, here). How the cat and mouse chase comes into play and resolves is the satisfying end to this polished little thriller.

Król, Uhl, and Berkel (in addition to a fine supporting cast) make this tense drama intimate and penetrating and Yapo's direction keeps the pace breathless. This is a fine little thriller in German with English subtitles. Grady Harp

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