Since the earliest days in her childhood Lara has had a difficult but important task. Both her parents are deaf-mute and Lara has to translate from sign-language to the spoken word and vice... See full summary »

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Caroline Link
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Sylvie Testud ... Lara
Tatjana Trieb Tatjana Trieb ... Lara als Kind (Lara as Child)
Howie Seago Howie Seago ... Martin
Emmanuelle Laborit Emmanuelle Laborit ... Kai
Sibylle Canonica ... Clarissa
Matthias Habich ... Gregor (Clarissa's husband)
Alexandra Bolz Alexandra Bolz ... Marie
Hansa Czypionka ... Tom
Doris Schade Doris Schade ... Lilli
Horst Sachtleben Horst Sachtleben ... Robert
Hubert Mulzer Hubert Mulzer ... Herr Gärtner
Birge Schade Birge Schade ... Fräulein Mertens
Stephan Kampwirth ... Bankbeamter
Lea Mekhméche Lea Mekhméche ... Johanna
Laurel Severin Laurel Severin ... Martin als Kind
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Storyline

Since the earliest days in her childhood Lara has had a difficult but important task. Both her parents are deaf-mute and Lara has to translate from sign-language to the spoken word and vice versa when her parents want to communicate with other people. Getting older and more mature she becomes interested in music and starts to play clarinet very successfully. However her parents are deaf, they cannot share Lara's musical career. The day comes when Lara has to decide between her parents and her own ambitions. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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About life, love and the sound of snow. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Martin: How does snow sound? What does it say to you?
Lara: It says, "Crunch, crunch, brr, brr."
Martin: What are "crunch" and "brr"? What kind of words are they?
Lara: To tell the truth, snow doesn't say much. It's even said that snow swallows every sound. When snow is on the ground, everything is much quieter.
Martin: Honest? Snow makes the world quiet? That's beautiful.
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Aufnahmeprüfung
Composed by Jochen Schmidt-Hambrock
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One reason,why the german film is still alive!
25 December 2000 | by der ulmenSee all my reviews

German films are like a tombola.You pull a lottery ticket and mostly its waste money. But sometimes you have luck and your ticket is the jackpot. Caroline Link,the director,from Bad Nauheim,my home town,is with Tom Tykwer and Hans-Christian Schmid the only hope for the german film. It was her first film for the cinema and then it was nominated for the golden globe. Its a wonderful film. You can love,hate,dream,cry and laugh. The protagonists are all very believeable. Mrs.Link doesn t need any special effects or optical drumbaborium to tell her story. One newspaper wrote,as good as candle-light,and thats the perfect description of the film. And I want to add,as soft as snow-flakes.


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Country:

Germany

Release Date:

5 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond Silence See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,015, 7 June 1998

Gross USA:

$181,881

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$181,881
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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