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January 5, 2018
Das letzte Schweigen (The Silence): A sad, captivating murder thriller that has you pinned to your seat. It's a German film, but easy to follow storyline of a repeat murder 23 years after another, where one man's remorse for doing nothing about the first one catches up to him and, frighteningly, the actual perpetrator gets away with both killings. Being a foreign film of this nature reminds me of the Millennium trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, ... Who Played with Fire, ... Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest), but was much more thrilling, and much better overall.
½ September 30, 2017
This one is a real life scary and a good detective one.
January 23, 2017
Well that was depressing...
September 25, 2016
If you've seen and enjoyed the Korean film Memories of Murder then you should also watch this. There are a lot of similarities. I've not seen this type of film from Germany before, it goes to show that there are several lesser known German films well worth looking up. This tends to be the case for a lot of central European countries when they dare to make films outside the typical genre of retelling their history.
½ July 12, 2016
Cut above the average murder mystery, stuffed with Germanic pathos but ultimately with a bit of a Miss Marple solution.
July 10, 2016
Gripping investigative German thriller with slow-pace narration.
½ December 9, 2015
Dark, dirty, disturbing, and depressing. An inside look into the hearts and minds of everyone involved in a child murder mystery, almost like a character study. The pacing was slow, but intense. I had a problem keeping track of all the characters separately.
½ October 18, 2015
Fairly engaging.
However, what's the point for all the fusses as everything has been open at the beginning.
Super Reviewer
½ March 20, 2015
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.
February 24, 2015
Amazing! One of the best movies I have seen in a long time. Fighting through the subtitles is truly worth it.
January 25, 2015
Beautifully shot, captivating story, but goddamn if I'm not super depressed now.
January 19, 2015
Suspenseful, moving, gory and keeps you interested and guessing until the movie reveals itself near the last third. With that it still has a sharp appeal and you can't help but admire the lead character in is effort to solve the case.
January 2, 2015
Scandinavia arrives in Germany for this thriller. in true Colombo style you know who did it but it does leave you hanging for the wrong reason!p
Super Reviewer
½ December 31, 2014
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.
October 26, 2014
I was a tad disappointed with the ending - but overall it was a good movie even with subtitles.
September 10, 2014
Totally agree with reviews by Steven M. and bluthbanana. The cinematography is good, but it's not enough to overcome massive plot holes and inconceivable character decisions.


Just a couple examples:

The police matched DNA from headphones that a character held in his hands for few seconds, but somehow failed to realize that the DNA left on the murder victim was from a completely different person?

One of the critical pieces of evidence is a DVD in a white case and yet detective Gläser fails to remember the library of identical DVDs that she was examining in the suspicious guy's apartment?

Anyway, for a movie that heavily relies on mood and emotion, I was left feeling mostly disbelief by the end.
September 7, 2014
Creepy at times and with a nice cast, but overall I am not sure how this differs from many/all other murder mysteries. There are a number of characters involved (some are underdeveloped), but most do actually add to the overall story. A solid movie within the crime/mystery genre.
½ August 29, 2014
Been a while since I found a good movie on Netflix. Been even longer since I watched a foreign film. One that will have you talking about it after it ends.
August 10, 2014
Gripping film; beautifully acted
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