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

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The Silence -- The Silence begins on a hot summer day in 1986, when a young girl is brutally murdered in a wheat field. The crime is never solved. 23 years later, another girl disappears in the same field, leading the police to suspect the same killer may be at work.
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 »
Awards:
1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Where past sins always come back to haunt. See more (23 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
Jeanette-Nicole 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)
Jan Rasmus Voss .... still photographer (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 .... supervising 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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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 »
Soundtrack:
Prelude Pt.1See more »

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45 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Where past sins always come back to haunt., 13 November 2011
Author: Roger Burke from Brisbane, Australia

Most murders are committed by people who know their victim, a fact that is standard fare in most whodunits. Rarely are murders committed at random, although the recent horrific thriller Funny Games (1997, remade 2007) presents the worst possible scenario.

But random murders do occur in real life: all over the world, people disappear and forever remain 'dead' with family and friends who are forever in limbo, unable to achieve closure. Only sometimes are the perpetrators caught.

With that thematic background, The Silence presents just that scenario with the rape and murder of a young female teen that remains on the books of the local police for 23 years – until it happens again to another teen, on the same day of the year, at the same place, and with the same modus operandi.

Unlike other serial killer movies – for example, The Silence of the Lambs (1991) – we know the identity of the killer from the get-go. Moreover, we also immediately know there are two perpetrators, although one of them is obviously reluctant to participate, even passively as he watches. As the two criminals, Ulrich Thomsen (as Peer Sommer) and Woltan Mohring (as Timo Friedrich) give strong and believable performances that center upon their individual but similar proclivities for depravity: brave actors both to take on such abhorrent roles.

But why a gap of 23 years? Well, that's where the story really starts, after we see the first murder in the first five minutes. And when the second murder occurs, so also occurs the retirement party for the local police detective (Krischan Mittich played by Burghart Klaussner) who failed to solve the first; so also the return to duty of an eccentric, grieving, widowed officer (David Jahn played by Sebastian Blomberg) who is obviously still distraught by the loss of his wife (to cancer) and who engages in bizarre activity; and so also the emotional awakening of the mother of the first murdered teen (Elena Lange played by Katrin Sass), who has been locked in unrelenting grief for over twenty years.

And in that mix there is repressed and introverted Timo – now a successful architect, beautiful home, lovely wife, two munchkins, the works – who, when he reads about the second murder, knows immediately who it is and decides something must be done… But, what?

As the police investigate, and as the clues are revealed, the net – so to speak – tightens without the two miscreants knowing. But, as viewers, we know it all, and gradually we move to the edge of our seat as we see how the wrong decisions are made, how the wrong inferences are drawn, how actions by one can be misconstrued by another all too easily, and ultimately how facts can be ignored or discarded for political expediency or professional jealousy and for the need to close a case, once and for all.

Arguably, suspenseful story doesn't get much better than this; although some viewers might argue about narrative holes and coincidence. However, because it's so believable it's so much better, especially the ending which I'm sure many – maybe most – viewers will not see coming, including me. Only in the last thirty seconds, perhaps… when the full irony hits you between the eyes.

The setting is semi-rural, ordinary and faultless; the production is well paced, even at two hours; the dramatic acting – there is absolutely no comic relief – is flawless; and the direction is so good, well, a glance or look truly is more effective than a thousand words. The background music is appropriate but, at times, borders on clichéd, I think. However, this is a movie I'll watch again – not only for the story but also for the narrative structure that combines so many different threads of lives shattered by indifference, inaction, inadequacy or inconsolable sadness.

Highly recommended.

November 2011.

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