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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
Wotan Wilke Möhring ...
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 ...
Azubi Polizei
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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)

Gross:

$99,654 (USA) (4 October 2013)
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Director Baran bo Odar has said that South Korean movie _Salinui chueok (2003)_ was a big inspiration for this movie. See more »

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A disturbing emotional film that is bound to hit a nerve
26 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To start off, I have absolutely no knowledge of German cinema, however, The Silence is a film that made me want to get into German cinema. It is THAT good. The film follows the lives of people connected to a serial killer who rapes and murders young women. After fifteen years without a trace, the killer begins to kill again. As the film progresses, we follow the family of the victim, the police investigating and the killer himself. With every twist and turn this film goes on, it makes for a thoroughly enjoyable and emotionally taxing watch that you're bound to be talking about after the end credits roll. The film stars German actors who, besides a couple bouts of poor subtitle dialog, do an amazing job capturing the authenticity that goes into situations like this. Many films have been touching base on pedophilia and the abduction of children in the past. Such films as In Her Skin and Prisoners come to mind but The Silence is a film that does it in such a way that it gives humanity to all of its characters, even the killer. It's very rare that you're able to actually reason with a character so dark and vile, it truly makes you feel disgusted especially during some of the darker scenes such as a rape scene in the beginning of the film. What this film does beautifully is takes the darkest and most evil event that could happen in someone's life and captures it on screen but it doesn't glorify it. It shows how it truly is, an act of evil done by a despicable man, we don't see an up, close and personal sequence of the rape, we see it through tall grass. Its scenes like this that capture the essence of this film. Its dark, brutal and depressing but it is still a great film nonetheless that keeps you guessing until the very end. I highly recommend it.


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