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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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And no one dared disturb the sound of silence… See more (19 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
Matthias Schullan ... Vorarbeiter
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)

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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Also Known As:
"Das letzte Schweigen" - Germany (original title)
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118 min
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Trivia:
Director Baran bo Odar, along with the films cinematographer, watched several westerns before shooting this picture. This was to give the movie more of a western style to it instead of being just another thriller.See more »

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And no one dared disturb the sound of silence…, 10 November 2014
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

"Das Letzte Schweigen" a.k.a. "The Silence" is a sleeper thriller that genuinely shocked and dumbfounded me, but mainly AFTER it was finished! It's the type of film that slowly gets under your skin and the true horror of the plot only hits you afterwards, because you are subconsciously analyzing and re-processing the agitating events over and over again. It was quite a harsh confrontation for me, especially because I'm into dark and devastating horror & cult cinema for nearly two decades now and I have seen numerous of allegedly controversial movies. But "The Silence" is largely different to anything I have ever seen before. It's an extremely slow and moody tale full of totally messed up characters (not a single one qualifies as even remotely normal) and horrifying events & themes that are depicted in a nihilistic and almost everyday fashion. The plot gradually unfolds and the viewer absorbs everything that is coming at him/her, but the truly evil nature of the denouement and the injustice of the climax only hit you – and quite hard, I may add - once the end credits are rolling over the screen. The story starts in a remote little German town in the summer of 1986. Two young men, who share the disgusting passion of watching child pornography (it's not explicitly shown but clearly suggested), are driving around in their red Volkswagen when they spot an 11-year-old girl bike-riding on a dirt road. One of them, Peer Sommer, viciously rapes and murders the defenselessly screaming girl while his pal Timo remains motionless and petrified in the car. Shortly after the incident, Timo flees away from Peer in an attempt to forget everything that has happened and start a new life elsewhere. 23 years later, on the exact same day and on the exact same place, the bicycle and a couple of blood stains of 13-year-old Sinikka Weghamm are discovered. The disappearance of the girl is a nightmare for her parents, but also for the mother of the still unsolved previous murder case as well as for the police officers – retired and incompetent new ones – that are charged with the case. Is it the work of a copycat killer or has the original killer returned? The truth is even more nightmarish than anything you can think of. "The Silence" benefices from a continuously foreboding atmosphere and the gradually revealed details of the case make you uncomfortable. At several points during the movie, you'll find yourself cursing and screaming at the screen in an attempt to speed up the slow police investigation. Themes like child murder and pedophilia automatically make any thriller disturbing, but the sober tone and bleak characters in "The Silence" are almost unbearable. Young director Baran Bo Odar maintains the nail-biting ambiance throughout the entire film and all the acting performances, particularly those of Ulrich Thomsen and Wotan Wilke Möhring, are deeply impressive. There are definitely some plot holes to detect regarding the police investigation and the involvement of the media, but somehow it feels like a factual murder case really could be as ineptly led as this one. The total absence of music, humor and certain background explanations only make the film more haunting. This definitely isn't viewing material for everyone, but highly recommended to thriller fanatics in search of a mature and complex story.

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