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The Silence (2010)
"Das letzte Schweigen" (original title)

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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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Peer Sommer
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Timo Friedrich
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Elena Lange (as Katrin Sass)
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David Jahn
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Krischan Mittich
Karoline Eichhorn ...
Ruth Weghamm
Roeland Wiesnekker ...
Karl Weghamm
Jule Böwe ...
Jana Gläser
Oliver Stokowski ...
Matthias Grimmer
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Julia Friedrich
Amon Robert Wendel ...
Malte
Kara McSorley ...
Laura
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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19 August 2010 (Germany)  »

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Il était une fois un meurtre  »

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€2,300,000 (estimated)

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

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$99,654 (USA) (4 October 2013)
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It's not so much the mystery, but the people involved in it.
1 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Suspense fans tired of low-brow, explicit exploitation movies may want to check out "The Silence," an absorbing German thriller that delivers the suspense without sacrificing the drama. At a confident and steady pace, the script allows the characters to develop powerful, yet subtle performances.

On July 8th, 1986, a eleven year old girl Pia (Helene Doppler) is raped and murdered by Peer (Ulrich Thomsen) while a second man, Timo (Wotan Wilke Möhring), watches with equal parts of disgust and arousal. The two dispose of the body and return home, but while Peer began to destroy any potential evidence, Timo has already packed and boarded a bus out of town. 23 years later, to the very day, another young girl goes missing with only her bike and bag left behind at the very spot where Pia was abducted years ago. Writer/director Baran bo Odar's film, "The Silence," follows the distraught families, the police, and the two men behind the original unsolved case in a story that explores grief and guilt, obsession and duty.

It's a well-acted, emotion-charged drama whose murder mystery is almost secondary to the human element. It's a complex examination of the many facets of humanity in which even those who commit the most heinous acts aren't complete monsters. The film is about tragedy and the everlasting impact on those involved, from the victims to the perpetrators.

Director Baran bo Odar maintains a sense of morbid fascination in a film that in someone else's hands might become overwhelmingly unpleasant. Despite its nearly two-hour running time, it never becomes dull or depressing, thanks in part to large cast of characters whose nuanced portrayals strike a chord of truth -- terrifyingly so for any parent. Even though the conclusion isn't exactly overpowering, the journey is remarkably nuanced and compelling – and most certainly an uncomfortable one.


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