CODA – a nuanced study of a poorly understood condition
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Anyone who has seen the French film The Aries Family in 2014 could have seen this remake come from a distant continent. The good surprise is that this Massachusetts version of the same story, told almost beat for beat, is a little better, thanks in part to a smart and diligent cast. CODAThe central idea is that high school student Ruby Rossi (Welsh actress Emilia Jones, daughter of Aled Jones, but with a striking American accent), the anchor protagonist here, has a searing, impressive voice in the range and rich in tone. But none of the other members of his tight-knit nuclear family can ever hear it because mother Jackie (Marlee Matlin), father Frank (Troy Kotsur), and brother Leo (Daniel Durant) are all deaf – as are the cast. who play them, which is why the cast is so good. (This was not the case in the French version, which featured actress Karin Viard to begin with.)
Nonetheless, Ruby’s high school choir teacher (Eugenio Derbez) persuades her not only to continue singing and overcome her fear of performance, but also to consider trying a top music school where her talent could. well save it a place. Writer-director Sian Heder deftly tweaked the story, putting some more dramatic flesh on the bone with a subplot about the Rossi family’s struggles with the bureaucracy as the deaf owners of a fishing trawler. Nonetheless, the emotional dynamics still offer a nuanced study of what it’s like to grow up CODA, a child of deaf adults, especially in a working-class family like this which is both proud of its difference but also challenged by it. a company that does not understand the condition.
In UK and US cinemas from August 13