Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
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The Silence

No, not the Bergman movie, but a 2010 German film by Swiss director Baran Bo Odar-  a police procedural, a psychological thriller.

A girl has disappeared on the 23rd anniversary of an unsolved child murder. Her bike is found in the same field as that of the earlier victim.

The police are incompetent, shambolic. The only one with any nous is half crazy with grief for his dead wife. The retired copper who dealt with the earlier murder blunders around doing inappropriate things. He gets into a relationship with the mother of the first girl.

The two paedophiles responsible for the earlier crime are drawn together by the second. One has a conscience, the other is in love with him.

The parents of the second girl fall apart, then come back together. Who else do they have?

A thriller without stereotypes- in which every character is a proper person- wholly believable- that's quite something, no?

It's summer. The camera flies over green forests, shining lakes, yellow corn fields. The colours are intense, saturated.  Everything is well.
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