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Sound and Fury (2000)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 21 January 2000 (USA)
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

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

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

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Official Sites:

Next Wave Films

Country:

UK | USA

Release Date:

21 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Som e Fúria See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,104, 29 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$113,512, 18 March 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Alternate Versions

A 60-minute version of this film is available from the Filmaker's Library. See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday
(uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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Solid, emotionally complex documentary
28 April 2011 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Moving, emotionally and morally complex documentary about a family with both hearing and deaf members, including two sets of parents of deaf children. One set of parents are hearing, the other deaf themselves. The fathers are brothers.

The hearing parents want a cochlear implant for their deaf baby, angering and alienating the deaf relatives who see the operation as a threat to deaf culture. The even more complex story is that of the 5 year old deaf daughter of the deaf parents. The little girl wants the implant, and that creates an awful emotional dilemma for the parents who have to question whether denying their daughter the operation is the right thing to do.

There are a few minor annoyances. The families try to act like the camera isn't there, but it clearly is awkwardly affecting their behavior. Also, I wish the film had subtitled the sign language, rather than having less-than-great actors give their own inflection and emotional interpretation to what'™s being said, which may or may not be accurate.

But these are minor problems for a film that tackles a complex issue with intelligence and even-handedness.


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