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Silent Sonata (2011)

Circus Fantasticus (original title)
Described as a Slovenian war drama.


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Janez Burger
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Cast overview:
Leon Lucev ... Father
René Bazinet René Bazinet ... Old Man
Pauliina Räsänen Pauliina Räsänen ... Beauty
Ravil Sultanov Ravil Sultanov ... Circus Leader
Luna Zimic Mijovic ... Daughter
Marjuta Slamic Marjuta Slamic ... Dead Wife
Devi Bragalini Devi Bragalini ... Son
Enej Grom Enej Grom ... Boy
Daniel Rovai ... Clown
Nataða Sultanova Nataða Sultanova ... Female Clown
David Boelee David Boelee ... Fire Blower
Slava Volkov Slava Volkov ... Muscle Man
Martens Yannick Martens Yannick ... Bycilv
Xiaoxue Zhang Xiaoxue Zhang ... (as Xiao Xue Zhang)


A man stays alone with his children in a half demolished house in the middle of a desolate field. His wife has just been killed by a grenade in a military battle. He is expecting a new attack. Instead a wandering caravan called Circus Fantasticus stops by the house. They bring along the dying director of the circus. Is it possible for anything beautiful to happen in a landscape of war and death? Can life go on? Is it possible to realize that death does not exist? Written by Anonymous

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Official submission of Slovenia the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 84th Academy Awards in 2012. See more »

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Amazing and Unforgettable
26 September 2012 | by critic-at-largeSee all my reviews

I saw this movie at the 2011 Santa Rosa International Film Festival. It affected me as few films ever have. I felt that I had just witnessed a labor of love as rarely comes to a screen. The story of a family under attack who witness and become part of a fantastical event grabbed me from the first moment and riveted my attention. But this is not just a movie; it is a work of art. As such, every detail is beautifully constructed; every frame is a memorable photograph.

In addition, Silent Sonata is actually silent, even more silent than The Artist, which won the 2011 Golden Globe for best foreign picture. It is a shame in fact that Silent Sonata did not get the opportunity to be seen by the wide audience that The Artist did. Of the two, I feel that Silent Sonata is far superior, a movie that could be seen again and again, with ever more details to discover and appreciate at each viewing.

I have been trying to find a copy to purchase for my private collection. If I am able to find one, I'll return here to post the source. This is a film not to be missed by dedicated film buffs.

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Release Date:

8 February 2011 (Slovenia) See more »

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EUR2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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