The film “The Silent Revolution” or, in German, “Das schweigende Klassenzimmer,” is nothing short of a work of art. The historical non-fiction centers around a group of rebellious teenagers looking to make an impact. The movie illustrates themes of desire to make change, acceptance of fate, familial duties and values versus personal values and, lastly, obligation of doing what you believe is right.
Hungary, 1956. The country is in the midst of a revolution. After watching a film on Germany’s west side, two German students become disturbed by the current uprisings in Hungary. A moment of silence is staged by one student, Kurt (Tom Gramenz), as an act of protest on the current drama. Oppressed by the community and their school, Kurt and Theo (Leonard Scheicher) face the risk of losing their diplomas. Fingers are pointed, secrets are revealed and risks are taken giving the film its edge-of-your-seat suspense.
The film is moving, hyper-realistic and accurate to the time period. The actors did a phenomenal job of displaying specifically the frustration of these oppressed teenagers trying to make a difference. The struggle between their individual voices and the voices of authority is evidently displayed in the pent-up anger the actors are able to emote on screen. The overall quality of the set and costuming also makes the movie so enjoyable. The viewer feels they are experiencing the events first hand as the costumes and set are representative of the time period.
Overall, the movie is informative, accurate, well-acted and enjoyable to watch. The film would be of particular interest to those who are interested in post World War II European history. This film is a must-watch.