In the comedy-drama Cas, Pepijn and Sjors' steady, seven-year relationship is shaken up after they allow a young student named Cas to sleep on their couch until he finds a place of his own.... See full summary »
Joris van den Berg
Prora, on the Baltic Sea. Mysterious, endless. In this deserted former Nazi holiday camp and communist military complex, teenagers Jan and Matthieu embark on an adventure that puts their friendship at risk.
It's difficult to know where to start or what to say about SIGN. At its heart, this is a film about relationships, about falling in love, about finding your place in the world.
But it's also so much more, it's about communication, it's about frustration, it's about pain and it's about redemption and hope. Mostly, it's about love.
That the film has no spoken dialogue until the very end would, you'd think, make it difficult to understand, but it doesn't. Not knowing American Sign Language also doesn't make it hard to understand. Everything you need to know can be seen on the screen as Aaron and Ben meet, fall in love, have problems, split up, try to move on but, eventually, come back to each other.
It is, simply, beautiful.
And, in the spirit of full disclosure, I was a backer of the film, not a huge amount of money, but I am so glad I did something to help this film get distributed.
Being deaf should not exclude someone from life and this film is simply a love story.
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