“As a CODA (Child of Dead Adults), Ruby is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When the family’s fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing her love of music and wanting to go to Berklee College of Music and her fear of abandoning her parents.” -IMDB
This movie is unique, poignant, stellar. In my opinion, it is one of the leading contenders for Best Picture this year…Let me clarify…
CODA is a coming-of-age story in which Ruby, the only hearing person in her deaf family, must decide whether to stay in her small fishing town in order to interpret for her family or to pursue her dreams of singing at Berklee College of Music.
One of the many elements that make CODA such a fantastic film is that, from the get-go, we know that this is a solid, tight-knit family. Although they are about to face trials, there is no doubt that this family supports one another no matter what.
And every one these actors delivers, particularly the father played by Troy Kotsur who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Even supporting roles pull at your heartstrings, particularly Ruby’s music teacher played by the hilarious Eugenio Derbez. And there is no villain. There doesn’t need to be one because the plot is so interesting and engaging on its own.
This movie lacks any pretension, it is a straightforward story told with honesty, humor, and charm and I can’t recommend it any more highly.
Rating: 10 out 10 Claire Bears
If you like this movie, you should also watch: Belfast, King Richard
Streaming: Apple TV
With: Emilia Jones, Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur, Daniel Durant
Directed By: Siam Heder