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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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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Drama | Music

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

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Lara: The saddest things in life are separations and deaths. I don't want to say good-bye anymore. I've had enough of that.
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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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Unusual subject, beautiful movie
16 December 1999 | by jtanzerSee all my reviews

One person asked whether German Sign Language is the same as American Sign Language, and, knowing just a bit of ASL, I can tell you that it appears to be the same. (French SL is almost identical, and I presume it's similar throughout the western countries.)

As for the movie, it's one of the best I've seen. Two things I especially liked about it: 1. The story is totally individual, and it isn't part of any genre -- it's just a real-people story. (I remember thinking this about "Fearless" as well.) 2. The story is so well written around the main character, Lara -- she herself has many facets to her personality, but no other character sees all of them. Each person understands and evokes only one side of her. This creates conflicts within the character, which the actresses do a great job of expressing.

What a terrific movie.


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Country:

Germany

Release Date:

5 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond Silence See more »

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Germany See more »

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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)

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1.85 : 1
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