The Silence


2010 | 120 minutes | Rated NR

A red car turns off the road and down a dirt path in the German countryside, following a girl on a bicycle into a wheat field. The bike stops, the car stops, then the driver gets out of the car and rapes and murders the girl. The crime remains unsolved until a near-identical event occurs in the same spot on the same day, 23 years later. The story is a Rubik’s Cube of glowing primary colors; the tension that builds has more to do with this distinct atmosphere than with the revelation of individual plot details. (KRISHANU RAY)

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Film Credits
Baran bo Odar
Ulrich Thomsen, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Katrin Sass, Sebastian Blomberg, Karoline Eichhorn, Roeland Wiesnekker, Claudia Michelsen, Oliver Stokowski, Hildegard Schroedter, Michael Dorn, Burghart Klaußner, Jule Böwe