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The Silence (2010)

Das letzte Schweigen (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 19 August 2010 (Germany)
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13-year-old Sinikka vanishes on a hot summer night. Her bicycle is found in the exact place where a girl was killed 23 years ago. The dramatic present forces those involved in the original case to face their past.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peer Sommer
Wotan Wilke Möhring ...
Timo Friedrich
Elena Lange (as Katrin Sass)
David Jahn
Krischan Mittich
Karoline Eichhorn ...
Ruth Weghamm
Roeland Wiesnekker ...
Karl Weghamm
Jule Böwe ...
Jana Gläser
Matthias Grimmer
Julia Friedrich
Amon Robert Wendel ...
Kara McSorley ...
Anna Lena Klenke ...
Sinikka (as Anna-Lena Klenke)
Helene Luise Doppler ...
Pia (as Helene Doppler)
Eric Bouwer ...
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13-year-old Sinikka vanishes on a hot summer night. Her bicycle is found in the exact place where a girl was killed 23 years ago. The dramatic present forces those involved in the original case to face their past.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

19 August 2010 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Il était une fois un meurtre  »

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Box Office


€2,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,992 (USA) (8 March 2013)


$99,654 (USA) (4 October 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Charly Hübner's role as Roman Mittich was cut for the final theatrical release. The actor got a 'thanks' credit, though. See more »


At the start of the TV interview the clock in the control room counts up to 21:40:11 until a cut. Several short scenes later the same clock is shown, again counting up to 21:40:11. See more »


written & produced by Michael Kamm, Kris Steininger (as Pas de Deux)
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"Foreboding and melodramatic story..."
10 May 2012 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

German screenwriter and director Baran Bo Odar's feature film debut which he wrote and co-produced, is an adaptation of a novel from 2007 by German writer Jan Costin Wagner. It premiered at the 63rd Locarno International Film Festival in 2010, was shot on location in Erfurt, Nürnberg and Erlangen in Germany and is a German production which was produced by producers Jörg Schulze, Maren Lüthje, Florian Schneider and Frank Evers. It tells the story about a rural town in Germany where an eleven-year-old girl was brutally murdered on her way home on her bicycle on a summer day in July 1986. The case was never solved and the residents went on with their lives, but twenty-three years later a young girl by the name of Sinikka Weghamm leaves her parents to meet some of her friends and does not return home. The following day, a police officer named David Jahn who recently returned to his job after having been away due to the loss of his wife, is informed that a local farmer has seen a gym bag and a rock covered in blood on the cornfield where the crime in 1986 took place. Shortly after David, his pregnant partner Jana Gläser and his superior officer Matthias Grimmer have gotten started with the investigation of the case, the whole town learns about the disappearance of Sinikka Weghamm. The disturbing news affects all the residents in the small community and especially the mother of the first victim Elena Lange, Timo Friedrich, a married architect with two children and Krischan Mittich, a former police officer who thinks the two cases are related.

Distinctly and precisely directed by Swiss-born filmmaker Baran Bo Odar, this finely paced and incisive fictional tale draws an invariably intriguing and unsettling portrayal of a complicated investigation of a gruesome crime and an intimate friendship between a caretaker and a former maths student. While notable for its naturalistic and colorful milieu depictions, the ardent cinematography by cinematographer Nikolaus Summerer, production design by German production designer Christian M. Goldbeck and production designer Yesim Zolan and the efficient use of sound, this character-driven and narrative-driven psychological thriller interrelates multiple stories, depicts several studies of character and examines themes such as interpersonal relations, interpersonal communication, friendship and grief.

Set in a German town close to the countryside during the early 21st century, this foreboding and melodramatic story about the correlation between good and evil and beauty and violence, contains a fine score by composers Paz De Deaux, Kris Steininger and Michael Kamm and is impelled and reinforced by its fragmented narrative structure and the engaging and involving acting performances by Danish actor Ulrich Thomsen, German actor Burghart Klaussner, German actress Katrin Sass, German actor Wotan Wilke Möhring and German actor Sebastian Blomberg. A poignantly atmospheric and suspenseful independent film which gained the Frankfurt Book Fair Award for Best International Literary Film Adaptation in 2010.

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