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The Silence (2010) More at IMDbPro »Das letzte Schweigen (original title)

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The Silence -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Baran bo Odar (screenplay)
Jan Costin Wagner (novel)
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Release Date:
19 August 2010 (Germany) See more »
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Plot:
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. | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Complex, mind-bending psychological thriller See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ulrich Thomsen ... Peer Sommer
Wotan Wilke Möhring ... Timo Friedrich

Katrin Saß ... Elena Lange (as Katrin Sass)

Sebastian Blomberg ... David Jahn

Burghart Klaußner ... Krischan Mittich
Karoline Eichhorn ... Ruth Weghamm
Roeland Wiesnekker ... Karl Weghamm
Jule Böwe ... Jana Gläser
Oliver Stokowski ... Matthias Grimmer

Claudia Michelsen ... 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
Johann Jürgens ... Georg
Liane Düsterhöft ... Nachbarin
Hildegard Schroedter ... Maria
Hilmar Eichhorn ... Tobias
Michael Dorn ... Sascha
Michaela Hanser ... Margot
Mathias Schullan ... Vorarbeiter (as Matthias Schullan)
Katrin Hansmeier ... Krankenschwester
Melina Fabian ... Marlina
Bruno Suhr ... Junge auf Schaukel
Victoria Herrmann ... Talkmasterin
Christof Schneider ... Taucher
Anja Rybiczka ... Sprecherin
Britta Nothnage ... Sprecherin
Ellen Heinle ... Sprecherin
Jannis Michel ... Sprecher
Noah Wiechers ... Sprecher
Robert Levin ... Sprecher
Yvonne Krause ... Sprecherin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johannes Suhm ... Falk (uncredited)
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Directed by
Baran bo Odar 
 
Writing credits
Baran bo Odar (screenplay)

Jan Costin Wagner (novel "Das Schweigen")

Produced by
Baran bo Odar .... co-producer
Christian Cloos .... commissioning editor: ZDF - Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Frank Evers .... producer
Jantje Friese .... producer
Jana Götze .... junior producer
Doris Hepp .... commissioning editor: ZDF/arte
Andreas Hörl .... line producer
Maren Lüthje .... producer
Florian Schneider .... producer
Jörg Schulze .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Kamm  (as Pas de Deux)
Kris Steininger  (as Pas de Deux)
 
Cinematography by
Nikolaus Summerer (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Rzesacz 
 
Casting by
Anja Dihrberg 
 
Production Design by
Christian M. Goldbeck 
Yesim Zolan 
 
Set Decoration by
Sabin Enste 
 
Costume Design by
Katharina Ost 
 
Makeup Department
Elke Lebender .... key makeup artist
Jeannette Latzelsberger .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jantje Friese .... production manager
Olaf Kirbach .... unit manager
Uli Kunz .... post-production supervisor
Niels Rinke .... post-production supervisor
Przemek Abraham .... set manager (uncredited)
Johannes Schuchardt .... set manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lars Gmehling .... first assistant director
Jana Swienty .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Daphne Tsaliki .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Stefanie Arndt .... assistant set decorator
Marie Charlotte Matthaei .... stand-by props (as Marie-Charlotte Matthäi)
Tina Mursall .... property master (as Tina Mursal)
James Cowley .... set/prop builder (uncredited)
Maria Klingner .... assistant stand-by props (uncredited)
Stephan von Tresckow .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Philipp Bitter .... dialogue editor
Johannes Doberenz .... sound mixer
Tom Korr .... re-recording mixer
Lutz Lassek .... boom operator
Stefan Schiminski .... boom operator
Christoph Ulbich .... sound designer
Jörg Klinkenberg .... foley artist (uncredited)
Marcus Sujata .... foley mixer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Bartsch .... post-production supervisor: digital intermediate
Thomas Ramin .... post-production supervisor: digital intermediate
Stefan Ciupek .... digital intermediate consultant (uncredited)
Thomas Huber .... digital artist (uncredited)
Natalie Maximova .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Robert Becker .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Volkhart Buff .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Max Brinkschulte .... second unit assistant camera
Jenny Bräuer .... second unit camera (as Jennifer Bräuer)
Wolfgang Dell .... gaffer
Max Knauer .... first assistant camera
Annika Speidel .... first assistant camera
Benjamin Treplin .... steadicam operator
Matthias Wallinger .... steadicam operator
Konstantin Wolkenstein .... second assistant camera
Jürgen Bauer .... electrician (uncredited)
Bastian Ehrl .... electrician (uncredited)
Raphael Fink .... best boy (uncredited)
Blair Reid .... electrician (uncredited)
Ingolf Schmidt .... electrician (uncredited)
Laura Stelzer .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Markus Thanner .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Vincent von Tiedemann .... video operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Johanna Ragwitz .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nadine Marcouillié .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Nathalie Strobel .... dresser (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Natalie Maximova .... colorist (uncredited)
Jeff Yaworski .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Katja Gawrilow .... production assistant
Jana Götze .... production coordinator
Herbert Schwarze .... story editor
Susan Tröger .... production assistant
Mathias Braun .... location scout (uncredited)
Roland Gerhardt .... location scout (uncredited)
Christopher Huck .... assistant set manager (uncredited)
Norbert Klingner .... legal counsel (uncredited)
Anne Kodura .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Manuela Mildner .... production accountant (uncredited)
Jakob Neuhaeusser .... location manager (uncredited)
Alex Ross .... script translator (uncredited)
Rich Shakocius .... script translator (uncredited)
Dorothea Trebs .... child supervisor (uncredited)
Vincent von Tiedemann .... location scout (uncredited)
Judith Weiler .... set runner (uncredited)
Patrick Zehrer .... location scout (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Charly Hübner .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Das letzte Schweigen" - Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
118 min
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Trivia:
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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Complex, mind-bending psychological thriller, 2 October 2013
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

Based on the novel by Jan Costin Wagner, "The Silence" is a fascinating, beautifully realized crime drama from Germany.

The movie centers around two identical crimes, both occurring at the identical place, though 23 years apart. Both involve the murder and possible rape of a young girl biking alone through an isolated meadow.

The script by Baran bo Odar examines the case from the viewpoints of the perpetrators, the victims, the victims' families, and the law enforcement officials who have some pretty intense psychological issues of their own to deal with. The life-shattering impact on the parents, along with their inconsolable grief, the frustrations of the investigators, the remorse and guilt (or lack thereof) on the part of the criminals - all are woven into a rich tapestry that mixes crime-and-detection elements with generous dollops of morbid psychology.

The most interesting character is Timo Friedrich (superbly enacted by Wotan Wilke Mohring), an "accomplice" to the initial crime and a prime suspect in the second, who has so many inner demons of his own to account for that he has become utterly consumed by feelings of guilt and self-loathing.

Unlike in the typical American police procedural, the investigators here are not played by drop-dead gorgeous movie stars but by frumpy, slightly saggy and balding middle-aged performers who look like actual honest-to-God people you might encounter in real life. And all are excellent.

In addition, the movie doesn't cater to the audience's desire for a clear-cut resolution, and in so doing, acknowledges that life does not always work out the way it does in the movies.

Odar's direction is both spare and slightly surreal at times, so that the world he's portraying always feels strangely off-kilter, as befits the subject matter.

A triumph for all concerned, "The Silence" is easily one of the best movies of 2013 thus far.

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