Silent Youth
Germany (DE), 2012, 73 minutes, SD
Silent Youth Synopsis

Silent Youth is a film for misfits, dreamers and lovers. It's the classic story of a coming out, but it focuses on the moments one tends to quickly forget: the first approach, the creaking of the chair while sitting across from each other, not knowing what to say. And it's about the silence.

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Reviewed by Emily
An incredibly moving, powerful film.  As the title implies, much of this film is understated and the dialogue is sparse but it has all the more impact for it.  This... more
An incredibly moving, powerful film.  As the title implies, much of this film is understated and the dialogue is sparse but it has all the more impact for it.  This is a slow, quietly paced film and one to watch when you have time to focus and lose yourself in it fully.  The film touches on issues of loneliness, mental health, coming of age and sexuality. Homophobia and fear of putting your trust in someone else lingers throughout in the subtext, confronted head on at the outset when Kirill alludes to being the victim of a violent assault when he was in Russia.   As with all dialogue in this film, the reference is sparse and the incident isn't raised again.  Instead, the viewer's journey is similar to Marlo's.  Both have to learn to read Kirill with the little he discloses in mind in order to delve deeper into the character, which is layered, complex and never fully revealed.   The title is a clever one and indicative of how little the characters say to one another, but also how little they tell the viewer.  Silence pervades throughout the film and because so much is left unsaid, the viewer too is left with the feeling that there are stories we haven't yet been told. One of the reasons this film was so moving for me was I felt the connection between the two main leads Marlo (Bruchman) and Kirill (Mattes) in my bones. The long, lingering looks, the body language, the words left unsaid and then that kiss.  The aftermath of their first physical encounter and beautifully shot ending all made this a very satisfying, contemplative watch. 
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Emily  great review! Makes the movie more interesting to watch.
Emily  great review! Makes the movie more interesting to watch.
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MaeMaeDecena I second that. Emily lingering looks is always an effective way of building up romance and sexual tension in characters. Body language does offer more in showing audiences the characters' connection than mere talk.
MaeMaeDecena I second that. Emily lingering looks is always an effective way of building up romance and sexual tension in characters. Body language does offer more in showing audiences the characters' connection than mere talk.
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Reviewed by ricke17
Silent Youth is a film that moved me from the moment I watched it. The cinematography of the film is a masterpiece in this LGBT genre, there are very... more
Silent Youth is a film that moved me from the moment I watched it. The cinematography of the film is a masterpiece in this LGBT genre, there are very long scenes whereby the viewer needs to concentrate to be able to interpret the body language of the young actors. This centres around 2 young lads and a chance meeting in the city of Berlin. This evokes emotions in the young pair that leads to the moments I'd call "pre-coming out". The moments that you know that you have feelings towards someone, the moments whereby the glance at someone has more meaning than how it can be explained, the moments when lust turns into anger, the moments when silence has more meaning than talking, I could go on. Give this movie a chance, there are long scenes often with very minimal dialogue and the ending still haunts me to this day.
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ricke17  such a romantic review.
ricke17  such a romantic review.
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  • The “ma” moments gives us time to digest, sympathize and breathe. It made Silent Youth, more indulging.

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