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Just the fact that this film exists is pretty nice, and that’s exactly how I’d describe it for the most part – “pretty nice”. One of the things that this film does quite well I suppose is to show that the deaf community has the same day to day fears and worries as the rest of us, but underneath it all they just have something making it all a little bit more difficult. I can’t think of another film that does that for deaf people, so that’s already something very worthwhile. 

The family that everything revolves around are very working class, struggling with all the usual stuff that working class people struggle with but also having to contend with even more exploitation and even less understanding because of their inability to hear. That’s all done very beautifully and it really struck a chord with me. The other part of the story, though, is that their daughter is the only member of the family who isn’t deaf and she has a passion for music, something that they can’t participate in. On the surface it’s quite an interesting dynamic, but all it really amounts to is a glee club subplot. 

I think there’s more good here than there is bad, but it just feels like a film that isn’t entirely sure what it wants to be. There’s so much going on that it could’ve easily filled a miniseries, and I wonder whether that was how it was originally intended as it does generally feel quite TV drama in tone. For all it’s flaws, however, it has a wonderful heart and it’s a film that certainly deserves its place.

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