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The Day Silence Died (1998)

El día que murió el silencio (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 2 July 1999 (Spain)
Handsome entrepeneur Abelardo Rios Clarios arrives in the sleepy little town of Villaserena, rigs up speakers throughout the village, and begins broadcasting "Radio Nobleza". For a small ... See full summary »


Paolo Agazzi
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Credited cast:
Darío Grandinetti ... Abelardo
Gustavo Angarita Gustavo Angarita ... Oscar
Elías Serrano Elías Serrano ... Ruperto
Norma Merlo Norma Merlo ... Amelia
Jorge Ortiz Sánchez Jorge Ortiz Sánchez ... Padro Isidoro
Guillermo Granda Guillermo Granda ... Jose
María Laura García María Laura García ... Celeste
Blanca Morisson Blanca Morisson ... Celina
Edgar Vargas Edgar Vargas ... Gumercindo
David Mondaca David Mondaca ... Gaston
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helmi Antonio Asin Helmi Antonio Asin ... Amigo de Seferino
Nelson Balderrama Nelson Balderrama
Fernando Barrientos Fernando Barrientos ... Amigo de José
Lourdes Benites Lourdes Benites ... Madre de Miriam
Emma Calles Emma Calles ... Actriz 2


Handsome entrepeneur Abelardo Rios Clarios arrives in the sleepy little town of Villaserena, rigs up speakers throughout the village, and begins broadcasting "Radio Nobleza". For a small sum of money, they can now buy the opportunity to express publicly what they couldn't say before. Villaserena's closets are quickly emptied of their skeletons, old quarrels are revived and secrets are no longer. Abelardo soon discovers the beautiful Celeste, a beautiful young woman virtually imprisoned behind the walls of her father's house, and romance ensues. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama


Not Rated

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Release Date:

2 July 1999 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Day Silence Died See more »

Filming Locations:

Tarata, Cochabamba, Bolivia See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,742, 10 December 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,742, 10 December 2000
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The innocence of a town ruined for progress
3 September 2006 | by Arien_KartheiserSee all my reviews

This movie is not brilliant, but shows us the way the progress ruins lives (just like Tolkien said) A Man Sick with Love and anger, a girl who suffer him, and a Guy that loves her no matter what. A Small town full of weirdos and the town, the beautiful Town I've been one of the rare lucky persons who met the town before a earthquake destroyed it, while they were filming this, and the place is amazing, actors not well-known but at least not on this side of the world... Elias Serrano is Amazing being the irate man his character demands, he's so soft spoken that you'll never believe he could be the same. When Dario Grandinetti's character gets into 'Villa Serena' with his radio station the worst of every person in town comes out, every flaw nastier than the other, you can see yours reflected there.

A bit funny, a bit Bizarre, a bit romantic and completely magic in a Town over 400 years old this is a story about life, where nothing special happens but everything changes. If you're from a small country or you had lived in one you'll find this good. If you ever lived/visited a small colonial town you'll feel like you're there, the last remains of Totora.

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