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The Silence (2013)



Critic Consensus: Unsettling and at times lurid, Baran bo Odar's The Silence is a thrilling foray into film noir.

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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 Films

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Ulrich Thomsen
as Peer Sommer
Wotan Wilke Möhring
as Timo Friedrich
Katrin Sass
as Elena Lange
Claudia Michelsen
as Julia Friedrich
Oliver Stokowski
as Matthias Grimmer
Karoline Eichhorn
as Ruth Weghamm
Burghart Klaussner
as Krischan Mittich
Roeland Wiesnekker
as Karl Weghamm
Jule Böwe
as Jana Gläser
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Critic Reviews for The Silence

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (23)

With a script that calls for much crying and lamenting, pic could have easily descended into turgid meller territory were it not for the ensemble's nuanced perfs.

July 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Although it may not fire on all cylinders, "The Silence" offers much to admire.

July 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The atmosphere - weirdly chilling in the high summer of southern Germany - is oppressive. It's the worst of cliches ... but I was on the edge of my seat until the very last.

July 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

October 31, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

This is film noir at its noirest.

March 29, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

March 28, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4

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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
Carlos Magalhães

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.
Walter M.

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.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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