James is a new speech teacher at a school for the deaf. He falls for Sarah, a pupil who decided to stay on at the school rather than venture into the big bad world. She shuns him at first, refusing to read his lips and only using signs. Will her feelings change over time?Written by
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Marlee Matlin was cast after the film's producers saw a video-cassette of a Chicago production of the "Children of a Lesser God" play. Matlin's performance was not in the play's central role of Sarah Norman but was in a supporting part in the stage production. It completely won them over. See more »
The DVD back lists a main character as "John" Leeds, when the name should be "JAMES" Leeds. See more »
Yes, this is a love story about two unusually attractive people but its power comes from Hurt and Matlin's ability to increasingly convey vulnerability and authenticity as they fight to become completely real to each other. Marlee in particular is remarkable in her expressiveness. There is a scene where she watches Hurt while she's in an indoor swimming pool and you only see her eyes over the edge of the pool -- but the depth and variety of what "just those eyes" express!
Because all of us intuitively know what they are going through as they strip away layer after layer -- who of us hasn't feared exposure of the person we feel the world shouldn't see? -- we are drawn into their revealing their secret selves because we wish we knew who OUR OWN secret self is.
And the film is funny, engaging, touching, crazy and human!
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