As someone who is moved to tears rather easily, I was surprised to realize that it’s been over five years since I last wrote about a movie that really had me crying.
That movie was A Man Called Ove and here’s part of what I wrote about that movie:
It’s not that the movie is overly sad, it’s just that many of the scenes got to me, for whatever reason. There were some humorous scenes, some triumphant scenes, some feel-good scenes, and of course, some sad scenes.
As it turns out, I could say the same thing about the movie my wife and I just watched – CODA.
Here is a description from Wikipedia:
CODA is a 2021 coming-of-age comedy-drama film written and directed by Sian Heder. An English-language remake of the 2014 French film La Famille Bélier, it stars Emilia Jones as the eponymous CODA (child of deaf adults), the only hearing member of a deaf family, who struggles to balance her attempts to help her family’s struggling fishing business and her own life aspirations.
CODA had its world premiere on January 28, 2021 at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival as one of the opening-day films. At Sundance, the film won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize, U.S. Dramatic Audience Award, and a Special Jury Ensemble Cast Award. The film’s director Sian Heder won Best Director in the U.S. Dramatic section. It is also a finalist for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
It currently has a 95% Tomatometer score, and a 93% Audience Score from the Rotten Tomatoes website.
So apparently, my wife and I aren’t the only ones who enjoyed this movie. It is currently being streamed on Apple TV +.
Here is a clip from the movie:
Perhaps what impressed me the most about the movie was that the star, 19-year-old English actress Emilia Jones, needed to master so many skills for her part: how to sign and understand American Sign Language, how to speak in an American accent, how to sing, and how to fish.
Jones was the only member of her four-person on-screen family who was not deaf, both in the movie and in real-life. It seemed apparent to me that Jones embraced the role, and that is part of what makes the movie so successful.
I highly recommend CODA.
But if you are going to watch, keep a box of tissues close by…
*image from Screen Rant