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Sweet Nothing in My Ear (2008)

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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Ed Waterstreet ...
Max
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Sally
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Joanna Tate
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Leonard Grisham
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Louise Miller
Bradford English ...
Henry Miller
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Dr. Carl Harvey
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Priscilla Scott
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Jerry Scott
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Storyline

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 'deaf pride' movement, which isn't satisfied with handicapped facilities but in earnest promotes a 'deaf culture'. Dan and Laura Miller need to come to terms with each others charged viewpoints to answer the question "What is the best decision for our son" The decision is further complicated by medical risks regarding the implant. Written by KGF Vissers and Josh Hurley

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Drama

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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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1.33 : 1
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Final film directed by Joseph Sargent. See more »

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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Deaf Treated Like Disney Dogs With Voice Over
3 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

I found the following comment on a popular deaf message board run by Amy Cohen, "Deaf World As Eye See It, Bittersweet History of Sweet Nothing In My Ear" and couldn't agree more:

"The choice to voice-over the signing in the Hallmark Production reminded me of old Disney movies in which you would hear the interior monologue of what the pet dog was thinking. Really, what a poor choice on so many levels. Aside from the insult to the Deaf Community, it just didn't work dramatically at all. It was laughable and it made deaf people feel like lesser people. Wow."

What a shame. 20 years ago CBS, the same network, subtitled an episode of "Beauty and the Beast" which starred Terrylene, a deaf actress, along with nine other deaf actors. It worked wonderfully and received a lot of attention and respect for doing so. How far have we regressed since then? How did the deaf who were involved in this production allow this to happen?

The whole point of the movie is lost when the remarkable beauty of sign language, which arises out of its SILENT- VISUALITY is shamefully undercut by SOUND-VOICES and camera frames that chop off the hands. How much longer will the ignorance continue?


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