The Silence (2010) Synopsis
The Silence begins 23 years ago on a hot summer day, when a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat. Now, on the exact same date in the present, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing.
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Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
The Silence is an exemplary German-language thriller, a complex and disturbing examination of guilt, violence and psychological torment...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

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What's exceptional about The Silence is its style.
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85

NPR

By Ella Taylor
What you'll carry away is the film's austere sympathy for the struggles of its benighted characters and its bleak conviction that justice...
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80

Time Out New York

By David Fear
As a macro- to micro-exploration of guilt—over giving in to sexual deviancy, its use as a psychological crutch or as something that keeps...
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80

Village Voice

Making his feature debut, Swiss-born writer/director Baran bo Odar has turned Jan Costin Wagner’s 2007 novel The Silence into a taut,...
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Total Film

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In his feature debut, Swiss director Baran bo Odar counterpoints the tranquillity of the landscape with the mental torment of everyone...
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70

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
[Mr. Odar] allows the story to unfold at a deliberate pace, emphasizing the psychological nuances of the mystery rather than its procedural...
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Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
The slightly dour tone is the perfect backdrop for the director to skillfully weave together his varied narrative strands in a surprisingly...
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50

Boston Globe

The Silence is a victim of over-plotting, clunky narrative, gratuitous stylization, and too many points of view. When any character quirk...
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New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
Director Baran bo Odar puts all this in the service of ghastly clichés. The rape of children has long since grown nauseatingly familiar, in...
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