The Silence weaves together a methodical and meticulous crime thriller under the guise of a character-driven melodrama.
Twenty-three years ago, a young girl was raped, murdered and left in a wheat field. Now another young girl has been found dead in exactly the same place as that unsolved crime from more than two decades ago. As the case opens up old wounds for some and new ones for others, a detective is determined to connect the two murders.
The Silence weaves together a methodical and meticulous crime thriller under the guise of a character-driven melodrama. Less about the ‘who’ behind the crime and more about the ‘what now’, Swiss writer/director Baran bo Odar’s film delves into the lives of those who have been affected.
From the shell-shocked widower detective to the murderers themselves, The Silence is filled to the brim with complex and memorable characters, which helps make Odar’s debut a smart and emotionally-driven crime drama.