Artikelnummer 1610

LE SILENCE DE LA MER (1949) * with switchable English subtitles *

In an idyllic provincial town of occupied France, two German soldiers come upon the secluded home of an old man and his niece, in search of a boarding house. One evening, a German officer named Werner von Ebrennac introduces himself as the new household tenant.  Despite their deliberate silence towards the German stranger, von Ebrennac is respectful and considerate, stopping by the living room to greet the residents before retiring to his room for the evening: admiring their home, sharing the warmth of a fire.  Soon, he changes his evening ritual by changing into civilian clothes before visiting them, politely knocking before imposing himself into the company of the old man, smoking his pipe, and his niece, engrossed in knitting.  As in Ingmar Bergman's Persona, he fills the silence by speaking casually about his life: his past love, beliefs, literature, music.  He reveals that he is a great admirer of French culture, believing that the German occupation is an equitable union of two nations that will contribute to the greatness of Europe, and that France will heal the pervasive cruelty of his country.  However, during a highly anticipated trip to Paris, von Ebrennac learns the underlying plans of his compatriots, and is forced to reconcile with his allegiance and culpability.

DVD-R is in French and German with switchable English subtitles.  Approx. 83 mins.  See film sample for quality!

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