Silentium

Silentium

Colour, 35 mm
Austria, 2004, 116 min
Section: Variety Critics´ Choice
Oficiální stránky: www.silentium.at

Directed by: Wolfgang Murnberger
Script: Wolfgang Murnberger, Wolf Haas, Josef Hader
Dir. of Photography: Peter von Haller
Music: Sofa Surfers
Editor: Evi Romen
Producer: Danny Krausz, Kurt Stocker
Production: Dor Film
Sales: Sola Media GmbH, Atrix Films
  
Starring: Josef Hader, Simon Schwarz, Joachim Król

About the film

Theaters running Silentium will be anything but quiet once appreciative auds get a load of this Austrian comedy-crimer featuring a dissheveled detective, a Catholic school’s darkest secret and even darker humor. Brenner (Austrian comedian Josef Hader) is a grifting private dick in the Marlowe mold who’s a dead cat’s bounce away from hitting bottom. Working as a store detective, Brenner stumbles into the life of newly widowed Konstanze Dornhelm, society daughter of a Salzburg arts administrator. Konstanze’s late hubby was a vocal critic of the local Catholic seminary, due to his status as a sex-abuse survivor. She suspects he died from foul play — a suspicion already confirmed for viewers by his execution prior to the opening credits. While the outcome is a million miles away from the direction it first points in, script will suit conspiracy theorists.
Russell Edwards

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