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The Silence

Released Mar 8, 2013 2h 0m Drama List
87% Tomatometer 39 Reviews 71% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
One night a teen vanishes where a girl was killed 23 years earlier, forcing those involved in the original case to face their past. Read More Read Less
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Unsettling and at times lurid, Baran bo Odar's The Silence is a thrilling foray into film noir.

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Leslie Felperin Variety 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. Jul 17, 2020 Full Review Walter V. Addiego San Francisco Chronicle Although it may not fire on all cylinders, "The Silence" offers much to admire. Jul 17, 2020 Full Review Peter Bradshaw Guardian 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. Rated: 4/5 Jul 17, 2020 Full Review Rob Hunter Film School Rejects It's a harrowing and uncertain race to avoid history repeating itself, and as the thriller elements play out the emotional peaks and valleys are still allowed room to breathe. Jul 17, 2020 Full Review Emilio Luna El antepenúltimo mohicano The Silence manages to cause discomfort, but doesn't quite transcend and despite that manages to remain interesting. [Full Review in Spanish] Rated: 6.5/10 Jul 17, 2020 Full Review Cristina Álvarez López Sensacine The film seems to only exist to show off its design and nothing else. [Full Review in Spanish] Rated: 2/5 Jul 17, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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jorge g Excellent police procedural with great atmosphere, suspense and performances. It's the earliest film work by German director Baran Bo Odar, who also directed the techno-thriller "Who Am I" and the more well known sci-fi tv-series "Dark". Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Just a quick disclaimer to begin with, I am a big fan of Dark(and Bo Odar), though I will try to make this review as impartial as possible. To start with, the cinematography was excellent, and Odar's unique style will be familiar to anyone who has watched the Netflix series Dark. Sound was also used in a superb way to create tension and enhance the overall atmosphere. The actors were all excellent, conveying as much meaning with their faces as with their words. As for the plot it was a bit of a mixed bag, the plot was certainly built upon an interesting premise, and by no means bad, but it felt like it was secondary in focus to the look and feel of the movie causing it to fall into the cliche at times. 95/100 Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member The film is so much better than other thrillers. I could hardly watch it because each scene was ominous. The production was flawless counterbalancing the horrid story. The males cried and suffered. The women cried too. This thriller rings true to life on every level. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie was amazing?. i see this movie few month ago on my boxxy software . is a good film. very realistic? Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This one is a real life scary and a good detective one. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis One night a teen vanishes where a girl was killed 23 years earlier, forcing those involved in the original case to face their past.
Baran bo Odar
Frank Evers, Jörg Schulze, Maren Lüthje, Florian Schneider
Baran bo Odar, Alex Ross, Richard Shakocius
Music Box Films
Production Co
cine plus Filmproduktion GmbH, Lüthje & Schneider Filmproduktion
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Mar 8, 2013, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 2, 2016
Box Office (Gross USA)
2h 0m
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