Review: “The Silence.”

When it’s at its worst, grief does not come in waves. It’s more like a flood, or a torrent: relentless and inescapable. There are few solaces – a lover, maybe, or an obsession – but even then the grief pushes harder and harder until there’s no alternative beyond acceptance. All the characters in the German filmThe Silence are experiencing some degree of grief. Some yearn for a lost relative, whereas others cannot get over their failures or primal urges. For all its misery, director Baran bo Odar avoids manipulation at every turn, and instead constructs a melancholy thriller about two horrendous crimes.

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