The Silence
The Silence (2013)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 8, 2013
DVD Release Date: July 23, 2013
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Long
Detroit News

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

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

"The Silence" is framed as a multi-character police procedural, but like "Mystic River" and "Zodiac," its inquiries probe deeper and darker.

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Marc Mohan

This stylish effort from director Baran bo Odar should please fans of Scandinavian crime dramas or the British "Red Riding" trilogy.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

This is film noir at its noirest.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Its measured pacing whispers art while its lurid subject matter screams commerce.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Stunning performances and cinematography - too bad the plot machinations don't compare.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

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.

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Glenn Lovell

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?

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Incredible noir-ish thriller right here. It's a story that despite the fact that it has a lot of players, as the movie looks at how Sinnika's murder… More
Cynthia S.
A good, slow boiling thriller, that shows different viewpoints of a disastrous situation. Tough subject matter, but well done. Good acting, decent… More
Alec Barniskis
Much of the narrative stretches itself too thin at times (too many characters, too little time), but the mood is just right. The suggestion that loneliness is… More
Walter M.
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… More
Marcus Woolcott
Sadly, the juice isn't worth the squeeze.