The Silence

  • 15
  • Baran bo Odar (2010)
  • Ger (SUB)
  • 118 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Twenty three years after the unsolved murder of a schoolgirl in a wheat field, another young victim goes missing, in this German thriller that surveys the course of justice from various angles. The perpetrator of the first killing is identified in the very first scene, with the key dilemma revolving around his unwitting accomplice, who is so troubled by events that he disappears and keeps his silence over the decades. There's certainly an involving moral complexity to Baran bo Odar's film, though at times it does get bogged down trying to keep tabs on the killers, the investigators and the victims' families across both time frames. Occasional lapses in credibility notwithstanding, it's still tense and unsettling fare that treads delicately through difficult territory that involves the abuse of children. It also features a deeply unnerving performance from Danish actor Ulrich Thomsen (Festen) as a seemingly jovial caretaker concealing the darkest of impulses.

Plot Summary

Crime drama starring Ulrich Thomsen. The past catches up with a small German community after a young girl is found murdered in exactly the same spot that another was killed 23 years before.

Cast and crew


Peer Sommer
Ulrich Thomsen
Timo Friedrich
Wotan Wilke Möhring
Elena Lange
Katrin Sass
Krischan Mittich
Burghart Klaussner
David Jahn
Sebastian Blomberg
Ruth Weghamm
Karoline Eichhorn
Karl Weghamm
Roeland Wiesnekker
Julia Friedrich
Claudia Michelsen
Matthias Grimme
Oliver Stokowski
Anna-Lena Klenke


Baran bo Odar

Other Information

German +subtitles
Theatrical distributor: 
Soda Pictures
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, brief nudity.
Available on DVD
Released 28 Oct 2011