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Beyond Silence (1996)

Jenseits der Stille (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 5 June 1998 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lara
Tatjana Trieb ... Lara als Kind (Lara as Child)
Howie Seago ... Martin
Emmanuelle Laborit ... Kai
... Clarissa
... Gregor (Clarissa's husband)
Alexandra Bolz ... Marie
... Tom
Doris Schade ... Lilli
Horst Sachtleben ... Robert
Hubert Mulzer ... Herr Gärtner
Birge Schade ... Fräulein Mertens
... Bankbeamter
Lea Mekhméche ... Johanna
Laurel Severin ... Martin als Kind
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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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Über das Leben, die Liebe und den Klang des Schnees. See more »

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Drama | Music

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

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Opening Weekend USA:

$60,888, 12 June 1998

Gross USA:

$171,334, 5 July 1998
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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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Elokim Eli Ara
Written by Ora Bat Chaim
Performed by Giora Feidman
By courtesy of Ora Bat Chaim
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Sign languages around the world
30 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Contrary to previous comments, sign language is NOT the same around the world. It is true that American Sign Language and French Sign Language are quite similar; this is because one of the first teachers of the deaf in the United States was a Frenchman, Laurent Clerc. However, at the the present time, French and American Sign Languages only have about 50% lexical similarity. Additionally, although German Sign Language is somewhat similar to other European sign languages, it is not related to ASL at all.

The sign language used by the little girl in this movie is German Sign Language. Her father is played by an American deaf man and her mother is played by a French deaf woman; their signing in German Sign Language is understandably accented.

For the record, I am a certified interpreter in American Sign Language.


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