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Beyond Silence (1998)

Sylvie Testud , Howie Seago , Caroline Link  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sylvie Testud, Howie Seago, Emmabuelle Laborit, Sibylle Canonica, Matthias Habich
  • Directors: Caroline Link
  • Writers: Caroline Link, Beth Serlin
  • Producers: Thomas Wobke, Jakob Claussen, Luggi Waldeitner
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: German (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008978K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,054 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beyond Silence" on IMDb

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Acclaimed by critics and audiences everywhere, Beyond Silence is the powerful Academy Award(r) nominated*story of a young woman's battle for independence and her deaf parents' struggle to understand her gift for music. Given a clarinet by her free-spirited aunt, Lara is immediately consumed by a new passion her parents cannot begin to fully comprehend. Determined to follow her dreams, Lara's ongoing pursuit of music creates an ever-widening rift that eventually threatens to tear apart her once close-knit family! An inspirational and highly entertaining motion picture offering from Miramax Home Entertainment- you'll be riveted as this family must somehow learn to reach beyond differences, expectations...and beyond silence...to bring their two worlds together once again!

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jenseits der Stille May 29, 2003
By cnyadan
Format:DVD
This was an absolutely beautiful movie. It tells the story of Lara, a child with normal hearing who has two deaf parents. Although her parents can function without Lara, her parents have come to depend on her as a link to the 'hearing' world, even though she is very, very young.
Needless to say, the deafness of her parents has created interesting personality dynamics in Lara's world. One of the most strained relationships is between Lara's father and his sister Clarissa. When Clarissa introduces Lara to the clarinet, this is something that Lara latches on to, even though her parents can't comprehend the music she's playing. Because of this, and because it is Clarissa who wants her to keep at it, her parents are less than overjoyed. The film revolves around Lara growing up and excelling at playing the clarinet, and the decisions she has to make if she wants to pursue her music at a higher level. None of the characters are transparent or superficial; one gets the idea of their thoughts and their reasonings by the way they act and interact with one another.
The DVD is in German, with options for English subtitles or English for the hearing impared (It would be sad if they didn't; after all, this is a film about deaf people.) The only other "extra" is basically an advertisement for "other films you might like". However, this shouldn't deter one from enjoying this absolutely exquisite film.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have been waiting so long... February 26, 2003
Format:DVD
If I had any musical talent, this film could easily be my life. The story is about a young hearing girl, Lara, growing up with two deaf parents. Lara often uses her parent's disability to her advantage, sometimes not relaying all the information in a conversation when she is asked to interpret, or outright lying in these scenarios. Her aunt, Dad's sister, presents her with a clarinet and develops a tight bond with Lara. Their relationship is very different than that of Lara and her parents simply due to the communication factor. Lara wishes her aunt was her mother.
The conflict in the film arises from the issues Lara's father has with her love for music. He is tormented by family memories of his sister being adored for her musical talent, while he is hauled off to the other room to be locked up like an animal.
This is an amazing film. As a hearing child of deaf parents, it comes closest to my own experiences and frustrations with deaf and hearing culture internal and external to the family unit. It is easily in my top-five films of all time.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great representation May 26, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
i was a deaf education major in college and can safely say that this is the best representation i have ever seen of the deaf community. it is an excellent movie and i HIGHLY recommend it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Beyond Silence" celebrates growing up loved and loving. February 27, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Lara's answer to her deaf father's anxious query: "Have I lost you?" is "I've loved you since the day I was born". The innocence and power of that simple answer brought tears to my eyes. This wonderful movie takes the viewer on a noncynical, nonneurotic journey of family love challenged, and at the same time deeply enriched by disability. Beyond Silence reminds us that our families both shelter and constrain, and that we must dream and love and work our way into new relationships that will shelter and support us without trapping us. I loved the lyrical weave of words translated into sign language. Watching Beyond Silence reminded me of seeing beautiful ensemble dancers accompanied by the haunting notes of an instrument rarely seen in movies--the clarinet. The innocent, captivating beauty of the young Lara captured my imagination as well as my heart. I loved this movie and cannot wait to share it with everyone I know. It is a movie that celebrates the human heart and spirit. Worth Five stars and more. In the same league as What's Eating Gilbert Grape? and Dominick and Eugene. Worth its weight in gold.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and stirring movie March 1, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This movie wasn't so much about Lara finding out how to live in the "real" world as one other reviewer has put it, but more so about how Lara, as a hearing child of Deaf parents comes to learn and build a bridge between two very distinct cultures-that of the hearing world and that of the Deaf. She is frustrated by and has experience of both and finds herself having to learn how she is to embrace them. This not only happens through the conflicts that build within her own family but also when she reaches out and finds someone just like herself. This was a beautiful and stirring movie for myself and I hope others would see it also...a great movie for kids.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars video cut July 10, 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this movie when it first came out in the theaters in Germany - and agin last night on video. The movie is excellent but I was very disappointed that a very beautiful scene was cut out for the video release. It shows a bee crawling on Lara's breast with the comment of her boyfriend that bees do not hear but sense vibrations. Why in the world was this scene cut out? I hope if Caroline Link's next excellent movie (Nowhere in Africa) is released in the US everything is left the way it was intended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Inspirational Story January 17, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
"Beyond Silence" is one of the best films I have seen in years! It is the story of a young girl, the daughter of deaf parents, who is looking for her place in the world. A common plot for movies -- but this film does not go for hollow sentimentality or cliches. The characters are complex, and the plot has some surprising twists. There are no villains, no overly dramatic emotional scenes; everything is realistically portrayed. The ending is satisfying, and like life, not all questions are answered. American film could learn a lot from this, especially in terms of eliciting real emotional responses from an audience.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
I love it beautiful and well made. I use every day. I recommend to all to purchase it. It is Ideal for a gift present.
Published 10 days ago by Juan R. Gonzalez
4.0 out of 5 stars This is really a beautiful, special film
I like this movie a lot. I saw it more than ten years ago, and then after re-watching it recently, I was pleased to be reminded how entertaining and beautiful it was. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ada Ardor
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie!
Nice story line.
I show this to my upper level sign Language students.
Subtitles are helpful. Great to see her
experiences growing up deaf.
Published 10 months ago by lovetoshop
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story with beautiful music
I was very impress how a person can play such beautiful music despite of her handicap. It is a great movie to watch if you like music.
Published 10 months ago by Sunshine
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it and it was special because it was directed by a relative
I heard that a relative directed this movie and also starred in it. It was such fun seeing some of his work.
Published 12 months ago by Grandma Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars So enjoyable
I have given and shared this movie with others and plan on watching it again. It is touching, heart warming and a good story.
Published 14 months ago by Gloria P. Short
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of "Beyond Silence"
I bought this movie for my daughter because it was on her Christmas list. She is an interpreter and enjoyed the movie very much but was surprised that it was in German and the... Read more
Published on February 6, 2012 by Linda P. Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
one of the best movies ever! So touching! This movie is the reason why I started to play the clarinet. Read more
Published on January 3, 2012 by Lena
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful drama
I truly appreciated this film, for giving us a peek inside the deaf world. Laura, as a hearing daughter of deaf parents, she is expected to interpret everyday situations for them. Read more
Published on October 23, 2011 by Angela S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
This is a great movie which adresses the difficulties a hearing child may experience with two Deaf parents. It is heart warming and serious. Read more
Published on April 23, 2010 by M. Rowe
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