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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

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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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:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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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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8 July 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Young Lara is in a most unusual situation: her parents are both deaf-mute, so she has to communicate for both of them. It's sort of a constraining situation, and when a relative gives Lara the chance to become a musician, her parents try to keep her at home. She will have to choose.

The idea of the daughter having to speak for her parents is not something that I ever would have thought about, but "Jenseits der Stille" (called "Beyond Silence" in English) made me think about it. It's always good to be able to see such intellectual stories, especially when Hollywood makes so many pointless blow-'em-up movies.


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