The Silence
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Twisted, sad and undeniably disturbing, "The Silence" is a study in the sick ways of men."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
""The Silence" is framed as a multi-character police procedural, but like "Mystic River" and "Zodiac," its inquiries probe deeper and darker."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"This stylish effort from director Baran bo Odar should please fans of Scandinavian crime dramas or the British "Red Riding" trilogy."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"How might criminals who get away with murder behave, the movie asks? Just like everyone else."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"In a field of clichéd psychological crime thrillers, The Silence stands out."
‑ Jonah Flicker, Paste Magazine
"This is film noir at its noirest."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Its measured pacing whispers art while its lurid subject matter screams commerce."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Stunning performances and cinematography - too bad the plot machinations don't compare."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"...part police procedural and part psychological study, with more than just genre thrills to offer."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
"With echoes of "The Vanishing" and "Memories of Murder," Baran bo Odar's dread-filled "The Silence" is a character-based thriller that focuses more on the people wrapped up in its web of perversion and murder than the crimes themselves."
‑ Brian Tallerico,
"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."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"If you're in the mood for an offbeat police procedural, this should be on your must-see list ... Who would have thought something this unrelievedly grim could be, at its dark heart, about unrequited love?"
‑ Glenn Lovell, CinemaDope
" ambitious work that becomes fractured as all the story lines are laid out before us."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"This is a rare film that shows the murder and makes the audience feel the pain of the survivors, which is all to the good,...but it is unremittingly depressing."
‑ Tony Medley, Tolucan Times
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