Director: Sian Heder
Starring: Emilia Jones, Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur, Daniel Durant, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Eugenio Derbez
The new film CODA walked away from the Sundance Fest Festival leaving an imprint on its audience and picked up four big awards including the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award. At the center of the film is Ruby Rossi, played by Emilia Jones. Get to her name as you’ll blown away by her performance. Ruby is a high school student who has spent her life being the sole American Sign Language interpreter for her family. Her parents (Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur) and her brother Leo (Daniel Durant) are all deaf, while Ruby is hearing. She’s referred to as a CODA, a child of deaf adults. Her father and brother work as fishermen in their home of Gloucester, Massachusetts, but the income is minimal until they decide to branch out on their own family business. Ruby’s coming into her own identity carving out plans to attend Berklee College of Music while feeling the pressure to stay behind as her family relies on her.
Here’s my review