Coda

In the prelude to the Oscars, we are trying to catch up on our movie viewing. Last night we watched the movie “Coda” starring Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur and Emilia Jones as Ruby.

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The film has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Troy Kotsur) and Best Adapted Screenplay. “Coda” is an acronym that stands for “Child of Deaf Adults”.

We watched the film on Apple+ screening service. It also started out in theaters. Never got around to seeing it in the theater.

This is the story of a deaf family who are fishermen in Gloucester, Ma. The mother and father are both deaf as well as their teenage son. They also have a teenage daughter named Ruby who has normal hearing. Ruby acts an ASL translator for the rest of family.

The movie is about the conflict that develops when the daughter (Ruby) wants to attend the Berklee School of Music in Boston. She has discovered that she has a singing talent. So she is torn between staying at home to work with her deaf parents and going away to school in Boston to develop her musical talents.

We enjoyed the film. I don’t think it will win any of the Oscars that it was nominated for but that’s not my call.

I had a couple of technical issues with the film. The sub-titles were too small (with no way to make them larger). And whenever they showed the screen of a phone, it was hard and almost impossible to read the text on the phone. Blame that on Apple+.

Update: Coda won Best Picture last night at the Oscars. Wow!!

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