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Beyond Silence (1996)

Jenseits der Stille (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 5 June 1998 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Caroline Link
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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Country:

Germany

Release Date:

5 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond Silence See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,888, 12 June 1998

Gross USA:

$171,334, 5 July 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

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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Composed by Jochen Schmidt-Hambrock
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a beautiful, thoughtful movie
13 February 2002 | by marcuss611See all my reviews

when you totally give in to a movie, let down your guards, and are completely absorbed in the life of the characters, this is a good movie. i do not have deaf parents, i have a daughter (and the father daughter relationship was very touching for me, personally)but i just surrendered and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. i'd like to take this opportunity to thank my video store for having a foreign film library. i couldn't help but think of two things while watching this movie; 1.(and apparently many of you were thinking the same)is sign language the same in all countries? and don't laugh, 2. how this film compared to flashdance(bear with me)...and how it is obvious how flashdance was such a good idea on paper, but the translation to film was a complete failure. well..not complete, i liked it for one sit down. i will watch jenseits der stille again, as i do most subtitled films and enjoy it again. thank you ms. link, the cast and especially tatjana trieb and sylvie testud. you touched me.


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