Beyond Silence (1996 film)
|Jenseits der Stille|
|Directed by||Caroline Link|
|Produced by||Jakob Claussen
|Written by||Caroline Link
|Music by||Niki Reiser|
|Editing by||Patricia Rommel|
|Release dates||December 19, 1996|
|Running time||112 minutes|
German Sign Language
The film tells the story of Lara, who grows up as the daughter of deaf parents. Laura herself is hearing and is fluent in sign language. Even as a young child, she serves as an interpreter for her parents in many situations. For example, she interprets at a credit negotiation at the bank, although not always completely truthfully.
In Christmas, Lara receives a clarinet from her Aunt Clarissa, an enthusiastic musician. Lara discovers the world of music, where her parents cannot follow her. In the years that follow, Lara is discovered to be a talented clarinet player.
After Lara's mother Kai is killed in a bike accident, Lara's father Martin feels abandoned. When the 18-year-old Lara wants to study at a music conservatory in Berlin, the family seems to break apart. The ending seems to reconcile it all: Lara's father tries to understand the love of music that his daughter feels, and the film comes to a careful reunion between Martin and Lara.
- "A successful film debut of a graduate of the Munich Film Academy. The film is a sensible presentation of the problem of the handicapped as well as the universal theme of the self discovery of a young woman and the plea for understanding and openness about seemingly disproportionate experiences." (film-dienst 25/1996)
- "Whoever would like to find out how loud the snow is and how the sounds of a clarinet can enchant people, should not allow themselves to miss this film: a German production which takes up extraordinary themes across the relationship-comedy and tells the story about saying goodbye to one's childhood with gentle humor and an idiosyncratic aesthetic." (Fischer Film Almanach, 1997)
- "A film that allows silence to become music and has found strength in the balance between laughing and crying, happiness and pain. "Jenseits der Stille" is memorable among German productions, and excellently cast. (Dirk Jasper FilmLexikon)
- "Thanks to good casting for all roles and assured acting performances under its direction, this [film is] a successful journey into the world of the deaf, with all its problems of social integration and family conflict." (FBW Langfilme)
- 1997: Deutscher Filmpreis:Best Actress (Testud) and Best Music. Nominations for Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (Laborit)
- 1997: Bayerischer Filmpreis Best New Director and Best Music.
- 1997: Tokyo International Film Festival, Grand Prix
- 1997: Nomination for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
- Caroline Link: Jenseits der Stille, Aufbau, 2001, ISBN 3-7466-1453-8 (Novel)