Drama | American Sign Language, English, with subtitles| 111 minutes
In Gloucester, Massachusetts, Ruby Rossi is the only hearing member of her family. Her parents, Frank and Jackie and brother Leo are all deaf. The family operates a fishing vessel and Ruby helps with the work before school but also serves as interpreter. At Gloucester High School, Ruby joins the chorus and comes under the influence of chorus master, Bernardo Villalobos (Mr. V). He feels Ruby is talented and pushes her to audition for the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Frank’s fishing vessel is stopped by the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard officer informs Frank he must always have a person with hearing on board. Meanwhile, Ruby is accepted to Berklee. At the same time she’s needed to be the interpreter on the fishing vessel. This is the excruciating decision Ruby must confront being the only hearing member of the family.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 96%
- Metacritic Score: 75
- Sundance Film Festival: Winner, U.S. Jury Grand Prize; Winner, Best Director (Sian Heder)
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Here’s the movie that restores the good name of crowd-pleaser. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and all steps in between at the funny, touching, and vital CODA. Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin and newcomer Emilia Jones turn this emotional powerhouse into one of the year’s best.
What is surprising is the moving, even heartbreaking way writer-director Heder tells Ruby’s story without resorting to clichéd characterizations or syrupy sentimentality.
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