Sweet Nothing in My Ear (2008)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  20 April 2008 (USA)
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Family drama about a deaf and hearing couple who struggle to decide whether or not to give their deaf son a cochlear implant.



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Hearing, devoted family father Dan Miller is delighted when a pioneering medical team's cochlear implant project offers his deaf son a chance to hear. Dan's deaf-mute wife Laura however leads an intolerant 'deaf pride' movement, which isn't satisfied with handicapped facilities but in earnest promotes a 'deaf culture'. Their son must fight to make his ow choice, further complicated by medical risks. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

20 April 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Sweet Nothing in My Ear (#57.3)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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What do you get when you take the dialog out of a dramatic film?
21 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We get nice close-ups of people's faces for minutes at a time. Every once in a while you can see a finger or hand flit by. For a film in which the standard mode of communication is American Sign Language, shouldn't you keep the signed conversation on-screen? Also, were the actors specifically directed to act deadpan? I have seen Marlee Matlin act very expressively before, so some other force must have been at work. During scenes of intense argument and emotion, even depicting a turning point for some of the characters, we have minutes of camera switches between characters' faces. No signing visible on screen. No facial expression to tell you who's angry, who's hurt, who's sympathetic, who cares.

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