This excellent police procedural thriller from Germany assembles a group of fully fleshed-out and highly interesting characters, and drops them into a fine criminal drama.
The Silence feels original mostly because, as a foreign piece of work, it avoids the clichés we are used to from American and British crime thrillers. The screenplay is based on German novelist Jan Costin Wagner’s clever 2007 novel.
Screenwriter/director Baran bo Odar has united a team of fine actors, a great cinematographer, and a perfect low-key music score, and created one of the finest crime thrillers I have seen in a long time.
As always, I recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching trailers.
Title: Das letzte Schweigen
Direction: Baran bo Odar
Screenplay: Baran bo Odar
Based on: Das Schweigen; the 2007 novel by Jan Costin Wagner
Cinematography: Nikolaus Summerer
Editing: Robert Rzesacz
Score: Michael Kamm, Kris Steininger, Tim Allhoff
Stars: Wotan Wilke Möhring, Ulrich Thomsen, Sebastian Blomberg, Burghart Klaußner, Katrin Saß, Claudia Michelsen
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