Finding out who you are and what you have to say in CODA

Writer/director Sian Heder’s Sundance multi-award-winning drama CODA looks breathtakingly good.

As a CODA – Child of Deaf Adults – Ruby Rossi(an astonishing-looking performance from the very talented Emilia Jones) is the only hearing person within her family. Her parents Frank and Jackie (Troy Kotsur and an Oscar-winning Marlee Matlin) and brother Leo (Daniel Durant) all depend on Ruby to help run their fishing business in Gloucester, Massachusetts. But Ruby is becoming increasingly torn between the commitment she has to her family and her place within it and the increasing love she feels for music.

It’s this push-and-pull that forms the core of the drama as Ruby’s choir teacher Bernardo Villalobos (Eugenio Derbez) encourages her to apply to Berklee College of Music which will, of course, mean her moving away to Boston. Will Ruby look to her dreams and face her fear of abandoning her parents or decide to stay as an essential part of her family unit?

Writer/director Sian Heder‘s drama scooped a ton of prizes at this year’s Sundance Film Festival – the Directing Award, the Audience Award, the Grand Jury Prize and the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble. You can see why when you watch its trailer. This incredibly emotive and beautifully told story has you in its thrall from the opening shots and so I really hope that although the movie is an Apple Original Film, it gets a wider release in cinemas as it’s currently only on in selected theatres.

For the moment, enjoy the trailer for a film that looks breathtakingly good…