The Silence (Swedish: Tystnaden) is a 1963 film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman starring Ingrid Thulin and Gunnel Lindblom.
After a nightly train journey through desolate countryside, two sisters stop at a hotel in an unidentified Central European country on the brink of war or insurrection. The older, more cultured sister, Ester (Ingrid Thulin), who is a literary translator, is taken ill, and it turns out to be terminal. Her fear of death, as well as long-standing rivalry and need for control, cloud her relationship with her younger, beautiful sister Anna (Gunnel Lindblom), who's depicted as the fleshly side of the spirit/flesh dichotomy. The younger sister sometimes neglects her son Johan (Jörgen Lindström) (a boy of 8 or so), who wanders around the seemingly empty hotel while Anna looks around the city, resulting in a sexual encounter. None of the three know the language of the country.