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The Silence

HD   Unrated

Baran bo Odar

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About the Movie

A young girl is brutally murdered in a wheat field on a hot summer day in 1986. The killer is never found. 23 years later, a 13-year-old girl disappears in similar circumstances, leading the police to suspect the same killer may be at work. As the retired investigator of the earlier case joins a widowed young detective to delve into the mystery of the parallel crimes, the parents of the missing girl, the mother of the original victim, and an accomplice to the 1986 killing all have their worlds begin to crumble as they are drawn deeper into a web of guilt, despair and uncertainty. Luminously shot and commandingly directed by Baran bo Odar, The Silence is a startling, cinematic and utterly mesmerizing thriller.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 31
  • Fresh: 27
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: [Mr. Odar uses] graceful wide-screen compositions and haunting sound design to create a compelling mood of menace, anxiety and sorrow. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Mar 7, 2013

Fresh: "The Silence" is an exemplary German-language thriller, a complex and disturbing examination of guilt, violence and psychological torment that chills us to the core not once but two times over. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Mar 7, 2013

Fresh: Swiss-born director Baran bo Odar's second feature film is a finely crafted psychological drama that uses a brutal crime to delve into the depths of human misery. – Karsten Kastelan, Hollywood Reporter, Mar 7, 2013

Fresh: "The Silence" is more like an intriguing work of misdirection than a great crime film, but it has a dreamlike and disturbing undertow you won't soon forget, and Odar is unquestionably a director to watch. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Mar 6, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Much better than user reviews lead me to expect.

Excellent, suspenseful drama. I wish we had more of these.

Excellent! Don't let the subtitles throw you off!

A well-crafted and exceptionally acted film. The lead characters have such depth and believability that draw you in from the first minute to the very last. Cinematography was superb. If you like suspense and a good mystery you don't want to miss this. (ala The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo)


As a father, the beginning was a hard jolt to the core … but, the movie unfolds and is certainly interesting to watch. Still a little out of sorts ...

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  • Genre: Foreign
  • Released: 2013

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