October 1941, some where in the Ukraine, a squad of young German soldiers stumble upon a small village 200 kilometers behind Russian lines. Freezing, hungry, and wounded, they wait out the cold in an isolated sanctuary as the world wars on around them.
Hear The Silence (org title: Höre die Stille) thrusts its audience into a weary and uncertain standoff between the exhausted soldiers and a village ravaged by Russian occupation. The local men have been conscripted and likely already died. All that remain are the very old, the very young, and women trying to scrape out a living. This film could have taken the easy road and portrayed the German soldiers as ruthless madmen terrorizing a helpless people, but instead, the well-written script gives