13-year-old Sinikka vanishes on a hot summer night. Her bicycle is found in the exact place where a girl was killed 23 years ago. The dramatic present forces those involved in the original case to face their past.

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Baran bo Odar

Writers:

Baran bo Odar (screenplay), Jan Costin Wagner (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ulrich Thomsen ... Peer Sommer
Wotan Wilke Möhring ... Timo Friedrich
Katrin Saß ... Elena Lange (as Katrin Sass)
Sebastian Blomberg ... David Jahn
Burghart Klaußner ... Krischan Mittich
Karoline Eichhorn ... Ruth Weghamm
Roeland Wiesnekker ... Karl Weghamm
Jule Böwe Jule Böwe ... Jana Gläser
Oliver Stokowski ... Matthias Grimmer
Claudia Michelsen ... Julia Friedrich
Amon Wendel Amon Wendel ... Malte (as Amon Robert Wendel)
Kara McSorley Kara McSorley ... Laura
Lena Klenke Lena Klenke ... Sinikka (as Anna-Lena Klenke)
Helene Luise Doppler Helene Luise Doppler ... Pia (as Helene Doppler)
Eric Bouwer Eric Bouwer ... Azubi Polizei
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13-year-old Sinikka vanishes on a hot summer night. Her bicycle is found in the exact place where a girl was killed 23 years ago. The dramatic present forces those involved in the original case to face their past.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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At the start of the TV interview the clock in the control room counts up to 21:40:11 until a cut. Several short scenes later the same clock is shown, again counting up to 21:40:11. See more »

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Prelude Pt.1
written & produced by Michael Kamm, Kris Steininger (as Pas de Deux)
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It's not so much the mystery, but the people involved in it.
1 August 2013 | by nesfilmreviewsSee all my reviews

Suspense fans tired of low-brow, explicit exploitation movies may want to check out "The Silence," an absorbing German thriller that delivers the suspense without sacrificing the drama. At a confident and steady pace, the script allows the characters to develop powerful, yet subtle performances.

On July 8th, 1986, a eleven year old girl Pia (Helene Doppler) is raped and murdered by Peer (Ulrich Thomsen) while a second man, Timo (Wotan Wilke Möhring), watches with equal parts of disgust and arousal. The two dispose of the body and return home, but while Peer began to destroy any potential evidence, Timo has already packed and boarded a bus out of town. 23 years later, to the very day, another young girl goes missing with only her bike and bag left behind at the very spot where Pia was abducted years ago. Writer/director Baran bo Odar's film, "The Silence," follows the distraught families, the police, and the two men behind the original unsolved case in a story that explores grief and guilt, obsession and duty.

It's a well-acted, emotion-charged drama whose murder mystery is almost secondary to the human element. It's a complex examination of the many facets of humanity in which even those who commit the most heinous acts aren't complete monsters. The film is about tragedy and the everlasting impact on those involved, from the victims to the perpetrators.

Director Baran bo Odar maintains a sense of morbid fascination in a film that in someone else's hands might become overwhelmingly unpleasant. Despite its nearly two-hour running time, it never becomes dull or depressing, thanks in part to large cast of characters whose nuanced portrayals strike a chord of truth -- terrifyingly so for any parent. Even though the conclusion isn't exactly overpowering, the journey is remarkably nuanced and compelling – and most certainly an uncomfortable one.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

19 August 2010 (Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Budget:

EUR2,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,992, 10 March 2013

Gross USA:

$100,214

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$416,675
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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