Film Review | Das Letzte Schweigen (The Silence) by Baran bo Odar

dvd cover silence by Baran bo OdarThree years after its original German release, The Silence (Das Letzte Schweigen) has come out in the US. The blurb on the front cover describes it as a thriller, but it is more of a psychological thriller. This film will probably not have you on the edge of your chair, but it will get your mind going trying to figure out who is responsible. The Silence deals with crime and violence in a way that is not in your face, meaning you don’t actually see any of the graphic stuff. There are some superb camera shots and sequences, the grief experienced by some of the characters is really palpable and the plot seems original. I highly recommend this film if your interest is piqued.

In the opening scene a young girl is biking home. Two men pursue in a red Audi when she turns down a gravel road bordered by cornfields. She is raped, murdered and stuffed in the trunk by Man A. In the next shot we see Man B fleeing, apparently because he is unwilling to deal with Man A and what happened. Twenty three years later, another girl’s bike is found abandoned in the same cornfield leaving police to investigate whether she is alive or dead and whether the act was perpetrated by the same criminal. Check out The Silence from a library near you.

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About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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