By Don Simpson | December 23, 2013
Director: Baran bo Odar
Writers: Baran bo Odar, Jan Costin Wagner (novel)
Starring: Ulrich Thomsen, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Katrin Saß, Sebastian Blomberg, Burghart Klaußner, Karoline Eichhorn, Roeland Wiesnekker, Jule Böwe, Oliver Stokowski, Claudia Michelsen, Amon Robert Wendel, Kara McSorley, Anna Lena Klenke, Helene Luise Doppler
Peer (Ulrich Thomsen) and Timo (Wotan Wilke Möhring) formed a unique kinship in the 1980s for their mutual love for young girls. One day, after watching their daily dose of child pornography, Peer decides to capture a real live young girl for Timo as a special treat. Peer, however, loses control of himself and murders the girl instead — as Timo stands by and observes. Riddled with guilt, Timo disappears.
Jump forward 23 years — a child’s bicycle is discovered in a wheat field (in the exact location of the murder committed 23 years earlier by Peer). It is discovered that a young local girl, Sinikka (Anna Lena Klenke), is missing and the townspeople and local police (particularly the ones who were around 23 years ago) scramble for explanations. Was this a sick copycat murder? Otherwise, what would have prompted the murderer from 1986 to kill again?
Director Baran bo Odar’s The Silence is a very unique police procedural which dutifully contemplates the aftershocks that untimely death (whether caused at the hands of a fellow human or due to natural causes) has on surviving family members as well as the ramifications that violence has on a community.