Thursday, March 26, 1998

Jenseits der Stille

100667 / G / DE / 1996 / Link, Caroline / / drama
Jenseits der Stille / Beyond Silence / Hiljaisuuden takana. © Claussen + Wöbke Filmproduktion; Roxy Film. D: Caroline Link. DP: Gernot Roll. Klezmer music: Niki Reiser. ”Elokim eli ata”. Clarinet by Claudio Puntin, Michael Heisler. CAST: Sylvie Testud, Tatjana Trieb, Howie Seago, Emmanuelle Laborit. 113’. Colour, 1,66. DIST: Kamras Film Group. Viewed in Helsinki, Bio City, Thursday 26 March 1998. **** A beautiful film about the musically talented daughter of deaf parents. This story really cares about its characters and their relationships. It is about growing up and becoming independent, and at the same time about caring for others and learning one’s way to self-expression through art. The film is made with simple but true means. A large part of the film is communicated via sign language, like in Children Of a Lesser God; this is a much better film.

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