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The Silence

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The Silence begins on a hot summer day, when a girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat by Peer (Ulrich Thomsen), as his helpless friend Timo (Wotan Wilke Moehring) watches. Exactly 23 years later, another 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 and his colleague Janna struggle to solve the mystery of these parallel crimes with the help of Krischan, 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 and sends Timo in search of Peer and their own old desires. In his strikingly commanding debut feature, Swiss-born Baran bo Odar adapts Jan Costin Wagner’s novel with his own unmistakable signature. Gripping performances by top European actors – headed by Ulrich Thomsen (In a Better World, The Celebration), Sebastian Blomberg (The Baader Meinhof Complex), Katrin Sass (Good Bye, Lenin!) and Burghart Klaussner (The White Ribbon) – enrich this intense drama far beyond the crime genre.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

"A taut, beautifully acted thriller."

Chuck Wilson

The Village Voice

"4 Stars! A first-rate thriller."

David Fear

Time Out New York

“A harrowing and humane German-language whodunit.”

Chris Nashawaty

Entertainment Weekly

"An exemplary German-language thriller, a complex and disturbing examination of guilt, violence and psychological torment that chills us to the core not once but two times over.”

Kenneth Turan

Los Angeles Times

“4 Stars! Everyone should rush to see this icy and gripping thriller. I was on the edge of my seat.”

Peter Bradshaw

The Guardian

“4 Stars! An exceptionally powerful film. A complex study of guilt and obsession”

Total Film

“Baran bo Odar’s moody and magnificent crime thriller is an elegant combination of subtle chills and haunting melodrama."

Screen Daily

Cast & Crew
  • Peer Sommer : Ulrich Thomsen
  • Timo Friedrich : Wotan Wilke Mohring
  • Elena Lange : Katrin Sass
  • David Jahn : Sebastian Blomberg
  • Nico Rogner : Burghart Klaussner
  • Ruth Weghamm : Karoline Eichhorn
  • Karl Weghamm : Roeland Wiesnekker
  • Director : Baran bo Odar
  • Screenplay : Baran bo Odar
  • Producers : Jörg Schulze, Frank Evers, Maren Lüthje, Florian Schneider
  • Cinematography : Nikolaus Summerer
  • Editing : Robert Rzesacz
  • Casting : Anja Dihrberg
  • Production Design : Yesim Zolan, Christian M. Goldbeck
  • Music : pas de deux (Kris Steininger, Michael Kamm)
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2010
  • Release Date : March 8, 2013
  • Countries of Production : Germany
  • Languages : German
  • Running Time : 119 minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 2:35:1
  • Sound : Dolby Digital
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : Not Rated
DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features

Two Bonus Films by Barban Bo Odar: Quetsch (7 min.)

Under the Sun (60 min.)

Interviews with the Cast and Crew

Theatrical Trailer