Love Is Never Silent

Love Is Never Silent

DVD - 2008
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Janice and Abel live in their own world. A world of signs. Signs they are ashamed to show. They are quite young when they leave deaf school to marry, and they must fight for their lives in the hearing world. The depression is hard, but being unable to hear often means tragedy for their family. Their daughter Margaret can hear, and becomes the link for Janice and Abel to the world of hearers, a world they don't understand and don't trust. Margaret struggles with her own need for independence and the obligation she feels toward her parents. The treatment of deaf people in 1930's society, and the toll that the resultant misunderstandings take on a family, is well depicted in this film.

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Jul 15, 2013

So. I recall the first time this played on TV many many years ago. Mare Winningham is wonderful in the role of a child speaking for her parents that are both deaf. Watching the extras afterward I discovered that many involved in this production (behind and in front of the camera) are deaf. This is a language and culture we so rarely encounter yet it is rich and worth knowing. There are some bleak spots but it's all part of the story/character development. We thoroughly enjoyed this and it holds up even after all these years. Date movie? Definately fodder for discussion, especially with children.

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