Review in Brief: Coda (2021)

I wasn’t going to cry during CODA, but then they deployed the Joni Mitchell. Ruby (Emilia Jones) is the teenage Child of Deaf Adults, acting as her family’s interpreter on their fishing boat and in their local community. But when Ruby embraces her love of singing and starts being tutored for a music school audition she has to decide between her dreams and supporting her family. While criticisms from some deaf commentators of the family’s insular, selfish portrayal are understandable, these are very human character flaws and the film still packs a big old emotional wallop with its performances, particularly Jones and the excellent central deaf trio of Troy Kotsur, Marlee Matlin and Daniel Durant. Come for the heart and the humour, stay to shed a few tears and to learn the ASL for rude words. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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