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Actors: Joachim Król, Nadja Uhl, Christian Berkel, Rudolf Martin, Lisa Martinek
Director: Mennan Yapo
Genres: Indie & Art House, Mystery & Suspense
Viktor (Joachim Król) is the consummate hit-man, a stealth-like killing machine invisible to both his targets and law enforcement. But when bizarre circumstances lead him to cross paths with a mysterious woman (Nadja Uhl),... more »
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A nice little German Thriller
Howard Roberts | 08/11/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a nice taut thriller with good performances by the main actors. Production by Tom Tykwer (Run, Lola, Run and Princess and Warrior). The plotting has some distinct similarities to the Princess and Warrior film, but stands nicely on it's own. German learners will enjoy the conversational quality of the dialogue which is quite easy to follow for an intermediate or above student."
"German Director Mennan Yapo gives us a Dynamic Thriller ...
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 10/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Koch Lorber Films and X Filme Creative Pool present - "Soundless" (aka: Lautlos) (2004) (96 mins/Color) --- Under Mennan Yapo (Director), Stefan Arndt (Producer), Tom Tykwer (Producer), Lars-Olav Beier (Screenwriter), Torsten Lippstock (Cinematographer), Gary Marlowe (Composer (Music Score),Ben Mono (Composer (Music Score), Dirk Vaihinger (Editor), Simon Boucherie (Production Designer), Rene Richter (Executive Producer), Alexander Stigler (Executive Producer), Katharina Ost (Costume Designer), Alexander von Zundt (Sound/Sound Designer), Annette Borgmann (Casting) ----- the cast includes Joachim Król (Viktor), Nadja Uhl (Nina), Christian Berkel (Lang), Rudolf Martin (Der junge Polizist), Lisa Martinek (Die Ermittlerin), Peter Fitz (Martin Hinrich), Wilhelm Manske (Der Russe), Gertraud Jesserer (Grundschullehrerin), Mehmet Kurtulus (Sicherheitschef des Russen), Murat Yilmaz (Killer des Russen), Jale Arikan (Freundin des Russen), Kevin Ruhland (Felix) . . . . . our story centers around a hit man, yes a killing machine who never leaves a trace or witness of him being there, or does he ... but on one of his contracts he see a young woman sleeping away in the very scene where he just killed his target, does he want to kill her or just walk away ... there lies the story and what unravels within this dark and thrilling crime film, almost a film noir ... enjoyable film music and a welcome addition to the films psychological layers, with outstanding performances by Joachim Krol and Nadja Uhl as the two mysterious characters that keep you guessing until the final scene.
1. Original Theatrical Trailer
2. Available from Koch Lorber
"Save the Green Planet"
Great job by Koch Lorber Films for releasing "Soundless" (aka: Lautlos) (2004) , the digital transfere with a clean, clear and crisp print...looking forward to more high quality releases from the foreign film market --- order your copy now from Amazon or Koch Lorber Films where there are plenty of copies available on DVD, stay tuned once again for top notch acting with an engrossing story that balances equal parts tension with genuine psychological depth.
Total Time: 96 mins on DVD ~ Koch Lorber Films KLF3090 ~ (7/11/2006)"
A Dark, Tense, Atmospheric German Thriller
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 11/27/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"LAUTLOS (Soundless) is yet another film by Director/writer Mennan Yapo (with writing assists form Lars-Olaf Beier) that takes on a story of a hit man on his last job and makes it into a fine psychological thriller. The cinematography, lighting, music and pacing of this strangely dark film provide an excellent background for a superb cast of actors.
Viktor (Joachim Król) is an aging hit man, a perfectionist whose reputation as a genius killer includes the fact that he works so well that he is soundless in his paid executions. We are privy to his mind's working as he focuses on his last hit, a man with a lady in his room Nina (the very beautiful Nadja Uhl) whose life he spares in the hit, an act of emotional response to the beautiful woman but an act that causes his employer to set a mark on him for his failure. Viktor saves Nina from suicide and the two become enchanted with each other. Viktor has found love at the end of his career as a murderer: Nina wants to get to know Viktor better before committing to his advances. Enter the police headed by the brilliant Lang (Christian Berkel) who is determined to capture Viktor by studying his patterns and mind tracings. Viktor and Nina are on the run but with a goal - that they will join at the sea and leave the life of crime. But before this can happen they must go through a literal wall of flames (a touch of Wagner, here). How the cat and mouse chase comes into play and resolves is the satisfying end to this polished little thriller.
Król, Uhl, and Berkel (in addition to a fine supporting cast) make this tense drama intimate and penetrating and Yapo's direction keeps the pace breathless. This is a fine little thriller in German with English subtitles. Grady Harp, November 06
One to add to your collection
Jean Ida | Florida | 07/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film is the best film that I have seen in years. German with English subtitles. It keeps you guessing and has a good ending. Don't miss this one."