CODA (2021)
August 20, 2021 7:04 PM - Subscribe

As a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), Ruby is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When the family's fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing her love of music and her fear of abandoning her parents. (Trailer)

Written and directed by Sian Heder, CODA is an English-language American remake of the 2014 French film La Famille Bélier. It premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, winning four awards (U.S. Grand Jury Prize, U.S. Dramatic Audience Award, a Special Jury Ensemble Cast Award, and Best Director in the U.S. Dramatic section). It was released in theaters and Apple TV+ on August 13.

"But what is surprising is the moving, even heartbreaking, way writer-director Heder tells Ruby’s story without resorting to clichéd characterizations or syrupy sentimentality." - John Anderson, Wall Street Journal

"Heder, who spent time on the Massachusetts coast when growing up, knows exactly how a narrative can be enriched by the colours, moods and customs of its setting. You get to know the Rossis very well, and they're great company. " - Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
posted by riruro (5 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
I found the story formulaic but really enjoyed the performances, particularly from the deaf actors.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:33 PM on August 20 [1 favorite]


^^ same. But that scene when the dad “listens” to her sing just killed me.
posted by St. Peepsburg at 12:00 AM on August 21 [1 favorite]


I loved it so much. It's hilarious. The acting is great. The beautiful ASL moments are beautiful. I absolutely love that so much dirty ASL (like very visually explicit stuff) is in it, that cracks me up. I want to buy this movie and rewatch it enough to learn dirty ASL. The singing is lovely. It just made me happy to watch it.

I did kind of wonder on a few things though:

(a) If the Rossis require someone on board to translate (which would be hard to find someone suitable anyway, but also they can't afford to pay anyone) and and Ruby's not going to be there, how is the business going to survive? They never answer that, do they?
(b) Isn't Gertie 17? Isn't that a bit not legal for her to be shagging Leo?
posted by jenfullmoon at 5:58 PM on August 21 [1 favorite]


I don’t think the crew member would need to translate (or they could write if needed). They’d just need to be able to hear the radio. My question is why wouldn’t she have provided the lyrics to her family before the concert?

I liked it but found it formulaic also. The teacher in a scarf, Ruby in working class plaid, jumping in the quarry. I did like her father a lot.
posted by Sukey Says at 7:04 PM on August 22


I kind of get the criticisms I've seen here and elsewhere that this is "formulaic."

But if every formulaic movie were as good as this one, I'd happily watch a thousand more formulaic movies.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 7:04 PM on September 7


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