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The Silence (2013)



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THE SILENCE begins 23 years ago on a hot summer day, when a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat by Peer (Ulrich Thomsen-In a Better World, Fear Me Not), as his helpless friend Timo (Wotan Wilke Moehring-Soul Kitchen) watches. Now, in the present day, on the exact same date, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing, her bicycle abandoned in the same spot, leading police to suspect the same killer may be at work again. Recently widowed detective David (Sebastian Blombeg-The Baader Meinhof Complex) and his colleague Janna (Jule Boewe) struggle to solve the mystery of these parallel crimes with the help of Krischan (Burghart Klaussner-The White Ribbon, The Edukators), the retired investigator of the unresolved case. While Sinikka's distraught parents are trapped in an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty, their daughter's fate rips open unhealed wounds in the heart of Pia's mother (Katrin Sass, Goodbye Lenin) and sends Timo in search of Peer and their own old desires. (c) Music Box Filmsmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Baran bo Odar
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 23, 2013
Box Office: $99.7k
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Ulrich Thomsen
as Peer Sommer
Wotan Wilke Möhring
as Timo Friedrich
Burghart Klau??ner
as Krischan Mittich
Katrin Sass
as Elena Lange
Claudia Michelsen
as Julia Friedrich
Oliver Stokowski
as Matthias Grimmer
Karoline Eichhorn
as Ruth Weghamm
Roeland Wiesnekker
as Karl Weghamm
Jule Böwe
as Jana Gläser
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Critic Reviews for The Silence

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (19)

Twisted, sad and undeniably disturbing, "The Silence" is a study in the sick ways of men.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
Detroit News
Top Critic

This is film noir at its noirest.

Full Review… | March 29, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

A story of obsession, of the permanence of loss, of how deeds of the past haunt us, closing over our heads like water. It leaves you shivering, yet thrilled; waiting anxiously for this talented new filmmaker's next work.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

"The Silence" is framed as a multi-character police procedural, but like "Mystic River" and "Zodiac," its inquiries probe deeper and darker.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Its measured pacing whispers art while its lurid subject matter screams commerce.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

The most rewarding element in the picture is the performance of the first girl's mother by Katrin Sass, who gives us quietly and darkly what it is like to live with the memory of your child's murder.

Full Review… | March 27, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Silence


Not devoid of flaws but still rich in complexity and with an exquisite cinematography, this is an engaging crime thriller centered on a gallery of characters whose lives are thrown upside down when a criminal investigation brings up latent issues of a sordid long-gone past.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A good, slow boiling thriller, that shows different viewpoints of a disastrous situation. Tough subject matter, but well done. Good acting, decent cinematography, and leaves you wondering...but not in the way that I hate. I hate the no answer endings. This ending is clear, but leaves you wondering what the future holds...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


In 1986, an eleven year old girl goes missing and is eventually found murdered. On the 23rd anniversary of her murder, her mother Elena(Katrin Sass) goes by the spot to pay her respects, only to find another girl, Sinikka(Anna-Lena Klenke), has now gone missing under similar circumstances. David Jahn(Sebastian Blomberg) is the detective assigned to the case, even though he has just gotten back from bereavement leave. And Mittich(Burghart Klaussner), the detective from the original case, is retired and barred from the crime scene.

And the award for the creepiest German language movie not made by Michael Haneke goes to...but in all seriousness "The Silence" takes an already tired sub-genre like the missing kid and, while simultaneously paying respect to and subverting its cliches, turns it all on its head into a stunning and devastating movie about loss that works on so many levels. The least of which is how the movie gets the languorous state of summer so right. In that setting, the movie expertly tells this multi-faceted mystery from several points of view of its flawed, damaged and dangerous characters. That's not to mention it also finding the perfect moment to end on.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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