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The Silence (movie, 2010)
New releases: 'The Silence,' Ang Lee's 'The Ice Storm'
New releases: 'The Silence,' Ang Lee's 'The Ice Storm'

The Silence Music Box, $29.95; Blu-ray, $34.95 The Scandinavian countries have been drawing attention for their grim, gripping crime novels and movies lately, but Germany has been just as active in turning out noir-tinged stories about murder. Case in point: "The Silence," written and directed by Swiss-born, German-based Baran bo Odar, and based on a novel by German writer Jan Costin Wagner. Wotan Wilke Möhring stars as a pedophile named Timo who witnessed the rape and murder of a preteen girl in the 1980s, but has been unable to say anything about it lest he be exposed. When another girl is killed under similar circumstances in his hometown nearly 25 years later, Timo has...

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