The Silence

The Silence

Baran bo Odar (2010)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A 13-year-old girl goes missing on the same spot where another child was murdered 23 years previously, leaving her family in torment. A detective who failed to solve the first case tries to prove there is a connection between the two crimes, while the mother of the first victim believes she has identified the killer. Thriller, starring Ulrich Thomsen and Wotan Wilke Mohring. In German.

Cast & 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
Sinikka Anna-Lena Klenke
Director Baran bo Odar
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Other Information

Language: German +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Soda PicturesGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, brief nudity. Available on: DVDReleased on: 28 Oct 2011