AKA: Das Letzte Schweigen
Directed by: Baran bo Odar
Starring: Wotan Wilke Möhring (Timo), Ulrich Thomsen (Sommer), Sebastian Blomberg (David), Burghart Klaußner as Krischan (Retired cop), Jule Böwe (Jana), Katrin Sass (Pia’s mother), Karoline Eichhorn (Sinikka’s mother), Roeland Wiesnekker (Sinikka’s father), Claudia Michelsen (Timo’s wife), Anna Lena Klenke (Sinikka)
Country: Germany; Effed Up European Films
Language: German (Eng Subs); Effed Up German Cinema
Genres: Serial Killer, Old-Young, Detective-Mystery-Cops
Plot – Spoilers:
In the summer of 1986, Timo and Sommer share the same German housing complex and an interest in the underage. It begins with Sommer offering his extensive collection of child porn and ends with the rape and murder of a girl cycling back home. Timo, shaken by the extreme experience, leaves town, changes name and 23 years later is a married, family man. Until the bicycle of a missing young girl is found at the exact same spot as the original murder. It’s time for Timo to catch up with his old friend.
The Silence is a beautiful movie on the disruptive effect of a crime on everyone involved and a gripping deliberation on guilt – some have it, others don’t.