Coming to theatres this Friday from director Baran bo Odar, Music Box and Cine Plus comes a murderous tale that spans twenty-three years and all because of THE SILENCE.
This film tells the story of a mystery that started in 1986. A young girl goes missing while riding her bike home near a field. This rocks the small community, especially her mother Pia (Helene Luise Doppler) who leaves her room untouched.
In 1986 Timo Friedrich (Wotan Wilke Mohring) meets Peer Sommer (Ulrich Thomsen) and a friendship begins. That friendship would take a strange and twisted turn to the point where Timo must leave and hopes to never see Peer again. Now, 23 years later these men must meet once again as another young girl, Sinikka, goes missing in the exact same place.
David Jahn (Sebastian Blomberg), a police officer trying to handle the death of his wife from cancer, is called to the scene. All they find is a backpack with no other signs. Jahn begins digging in the old case files to find a pattern and constantly runs into a wall. That’s because he doesn’t know the true past of the case.
Krischan Mittich (Bughart Klaubner), is the officer who investigated the first murder and tells David that even though he is retiring, he wants to help. The only person in their way is Grimmer (Oliver Stokowski), an over bearing an incompetent supervising officer.
But the two men do what they must to find out who is responsible before everyone falls apart.
FINAL WORD: Blomberg as officer Jahn is such an emotional character. Still grieving for his wife, he throws himself intensely into this case. Using the case as a way to block his own anxiety, there comes a point when he must stand up for what he knows is right. Once Blomberg’s character explodes on the screen one cannot help but cheer him on.
Klaubner as Mittich is another officer who can’t quite get over the first murder. As he retires it is easy to see his frustration for the one that got away. The event obviously affected him and when the new murder occurs he knows he has little time to help solve the crime.
Mohring as Timo is such an interesting character. The story of who he is always carries with it an air of mystery. As the story unfolds it become visible to see his past catch up with the present as his wife and children cannot understand the changes in him.
Thomsen as Peer is eerie and unpredictable. Just watching him I felt uneasy and that’s when you know a character is being done by a consummate actor. From the very beginning to the end there is always the air about Peer and Thomsen captures it with all the nuances required to pull this character off.
Other cast includes: Katrin Sab as Elna Lange, Karoline Eichhorn as Ruth Weghamm, Roeland Wiesnekker as Karl Weghamm, Jule Bowe as Jana Glaser, Claudia Michelsen as Julia Friedrich, Anna Lena Klenke as Sinikka and Kara McSorley as Laura.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE SILENCE three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. Director Odar brings all the twists and turns to a story of sadness and secrets. The scenes are so intense at times. No one says what needs to be said and live on the edge of a silent madness.
Each character puts themselves through such agony and the only person that seems together is Peers, which bring an even larger creepiness to the film. In fact, throughout the film it feels like everyone is mourning something and director Odar brings together the perfect cast to make THE SILENCE a film worth seeing twice.
In the end – evil is easily created in silence!
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