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Needless to say, the deafness of her parents has created interesting personality dynamics in Lara's world. One of the most strained relationships is between Lara's father and his sister Clarissa. When Clarissa introduces Lara to the clarinet, this is something that Lara latches on to, even though her parents can't comprehend the music she's playing. Because of this, and because it is Clarissa who wants her to keep at it, her parents are less than overjoyed. The film revolves around Lara growing up and excelling at playing the clarinet, and the decisions she has to make if she wants to pursue her music at a higher level. None of the characters are transparent or superficial; one gets the idea of their thoughts and their reasonings by the way they act and interact with one another.
The DVD is in German, with options for English subtitles or English for the hearing impared (It would be sad if they didn't; after all, this is a film about deaf people.) The only other "extra" is basically an advertisement for "other films you might like". However, this shouldn't deter one from enjoying this absolutely exquisite film.
The conflict in the film arises from the issues Lara's father has with her love for music. He is tormented by family memories of his sister being adored for her musical talent, while he is hauled off to the other room to be locked up like an animal.
This is an amazing film. As a hearing child of deaf parents, it comes closest to my own experiences and frustrations with deaf and hearing culture internal and external to the family unit. It is easily in my top-five films of all time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a phenomenal movie. Subtitled but easy to watch and understand. Provides a unique perspective on Deaf culture (from the non-deaf hearing daughter. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this for my American Sign Language class and it was good but not wonderfulPublished 12 months ago by Kathy
This is a wonderful and poignant movie about Deaf and Hearing living and loving together.Published 17 months ago by Cancilloni
The story is heartwarming and inspiring. It is the portrayal of a family in which the parents are deaf and do not speak but the children have no impairment. Read morePublished 20 months ago by anita joy delight
I love it beautiful and well made. I use every day. I recommend to all to purchase it. It is Ideal for a gift present.Published 22 months ago by Juan R. Gonzalez
I like this movie a lot. I saw it more than ten years ago, and then after re-watching it recently, I was pleased to be reminded how entertaining and beautiful it was. Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by Ada Ardor
Nice story line.
I show this to my upper level sign Language students.
Subtitles are helpful. Great to see her
experiences growing up deaf.
I was very impress how a person can play such beautiful music despite of her handicap. It is a great movie to watch if you like music.Published on June 3, 2013 by Sunshine
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