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Universal Signs (2008)

| Drama | 2008 (USA)
After his fiancée's daughter dies while in his care, a deaf man shuts himself off from the world. Haunted by memories, it is only through new friendship that he can learn to forgive, love, and reconnect.

Director:

Ann Calamia

Writer:

Ann Calamia
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Credited cast:
Anthony Natale ... Andrew
Sabrina Lloyd ... Mary
Lupe Ontiveros ... Claire
Margot Kidder ... Rose Callahan
Robert Picardo ... Father Joe
Aimee Garcia ... Trish
Robert Hogan ... Mr. Callahan
Troy Kotsur ... Chris
Deanne Bray ... Natalie
Ashlyn Sanchez ... Katie
Robert DeMayo ... The Peddler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Bradley Barbara Bradley ... Sister Margaret
Angus Campbell Angus Campbell ... Sean
Daniella Canterman Daniella Canterman ... Carissa
Deanna Canterman Deanna Canterman ... Larissa
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After his fiancée's daughter dies while in his care, a deaf man shuts himself off from the world. Haunted by memories, it is only through new friendship that he can learn to forgive, love, and reconnect.

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Robert DeMayo, a Deaf actor and teacher, worked with the writer, director, Ann Calamia, for over a year transliterating the written English script into the visual American Sign Language. He took into account the background of all of the signing characters when choosing the type of sign language that each actor would perform. He also taught sign language to all of the non-signing actors. See more »

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Another barrier broken
19 April 2008 | by kmorri1See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie because it was unique.

It makes you wonder how it would be to not be a part of a majority group. I think one of the biggest causes for misunderstanding in the world is the inability to communicate with each other. If we cannot communicate well with people who speak the same language as us, how are we supposed to communicate with someone of a different language? This movie brings light to this all. It really made me ponder the following. How awesome would it be if every individual could be open to the differences of others? What if we didn't just walk by someone because we felt uncomfortable talking to them? What if we took the time to understand different cultures? What if we were accepting that not everyone takes the time to understand our culture, so we should be thankful that they are trying to understand?

I think if anything, this movie is a wonderful start to opening people's eyes to wanting to learn about and spend time with another culture and not letting language be a barrier.


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