Sound and Fury (2000)

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If you could make your deaf child hear, would you? Academy Award-nominated Sound and Fury follows the intimate, heart-rending tale of the Artinians, an extended family with deaf and hearing... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaime Leigh Allen ...
Jemma Braham ...
Freeda Cat ...
Scott Davidson ...
Peter Artinian (voice)
Ruthanne Gereghty ...
John Griffin ...
Barbara Herel ...
David Jacobs ...
Karl Katz ...
John Kaufman ...
Ann Lenane ...
Phillip Namanworth ...
Veronica Nash ...
Saul Nathan-Kazis ...
Allison Weisberg ...


If you could make your deaf child hear, would you? Academy Award-nominated Sound and Fury follows the intimate, heart-rending tale of the Artinians, an extended family with deaf and hearing members across three generations. Together they confront a technological device that can help the deaf to hear but may also threaten deaf culture - and their bonds with each other. For Peter Artinian and his wife, both of whom are deaf, a surgical ear implant for their five-year-old daughter Heather means a choice between two worlds - an unfamiliar hearing world and the deaf world, a robust culture in its own right united by a uniquely visual and artistic language. Heather Artinian - precocious, vivacious, and avidly curious about implant surgery - is caught between her deaf parents and her hearing grandparents, as they argue passionately about her future. The debate is sometimes silent, but by no means quiet. When all is done, Sound and Fury speaks volumes about the choices we make and the battles... Written by Anonymous

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If you could make your deaf children hear, would you do it?





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January 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Som e Fúria  »

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Opening Weekend:

$7,104 (USA) (27 October 2000)


$113,512 (USA) (16 March 2001)

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1.33 : 1
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When Peter asks Nancy (the girl with the cochlear implant from the deaf family) if she socializes more with deaf or hearing, the voice-over says, "Mostly deaf people." However, she is actually signing, "Grandma and grandpa." See more »

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Very powerful and worthwhile
26 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film portrays the agonizing of an extended family over the choice of whether to give children born deaf the ability to hear. This decision is much more complex and far more emotionally charged than I as a hearing person had realized before watching the film. Cultural factors, personal and community pride, the historical struggles of deaf people, and concerns about careers to be embarked upon (or not...) far into the future -- these and other considerations are invoked repeatedly in an astonishingly complex debate about whether deafness is something that should be eliminated or whether it should be valued and preserved as a perfectly valid alternative to hearing.

This movie provides a fascinating and powerful window into a world about which I now realize I was profoundly ignorant. I'm very glad I saw it and strongly recommend it to anyone interested in culture, ethics, family dynamics or the deep uncertainties that go along with being human.

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