The Silence (2010, Germany)

Original title: Das letzte Schweigen

police investigation

The Silence Das letzte Schweigen 2010 mystery movie

Running time: 120 minutes

Language: German

In summer 1986, somewhere in the rural Germany young girl named Pia drives a bicycle through the field of wheat. She is followed by a red car with two men inside and when she is far from the main roads driver knocks her off the bike. He drags her into the wheat, rapes and kills her while the passenger just watches. The driver put the girl’s body in the trunk and leaves the bicycle in the middle of the field. The men go separate ways and later the body of the girl is found in the lake. Years go by, in year 2009 another young girl, Sinikka Weghamm, goes missing in the area. Police officer Krischan Mittich, who was in charge of Pia’s investigation, is now retired, but feels the two cases are linked. He tries to help the detectives, but officer Matthias Grimmer, in charge of the current investigation, doesn’t want him to get involved. Mittich, still feeling guity for not solving the Pia case, starts the private investigation to find the murderer.

German crime mystery movie based on novel by Jan Costin Wagner shows two sides of a story that started in 1980s, led to the murder of Pia and later Sinikka. Although the murder and police investigation is the main thread of the story it is not a typical crime movie. Just like British miniseries Five Days or The Fall it concentrates more on the psychological side of the crime, how it influences people involed - not only killer and victim, but also their families. A crude story, but at the same time very powerful.

Can you solve a case like this?

Our rating

6.4 / 10

Movie value

8 / 10

Realism factor

3 / 5

Adventure factor

2 / 5

Story complexity

3 / 5

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Creators of The Silence

Baran bo Odar films

Baran bo Odar


Baran bo Odar films

Baran bo Odar


Jan Costin Wagner films

Jan Costin Wagner


Cast of The Silence

Ulrich Thomsen films

Ulrich Thomsen

as Peer Sommer

Burghart Klaussner films

Burghart Klaussner

as Krischan Mittich

Wotan Wilke Mohring films

Wotan Wilke Mohring

as Timo Friedrich

Katrin Sass films

Katrin Sass

as Elena Lange

Sebastian Blomberg films

Sebastian Blomberg

as David Jahn

Karoline Eichhorn films

Karoline Eichhorn

as Ruth Weghamm

Roeland Wiesnekker films

Roeland Wiesnekker

as Karl Weghamm

Oliver Stokowski films

Oliver Stokowski

as Matthias Grimmer

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