Published August 14, 2021


Film info

  • Title CODA
  • Director Sian Heder
  • Year 2021
  • Run time 1hr 42m
  • Genres Music, Drama
  • Tagline Every family has its own language

As a CODA (child of deaf adults), Ruby is the only hearing person in her home. When she discovers a passion for singing, Ruby must choose between family obligations and her dreams. Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner at Sundance Film Festival.

Live blog

Time Comment
3:03 Seeing fishing boats just gives me flashbacks to Perfect Storm. Eek.
6:31 There’s nothing wrong with a bit of cup-clapping.
10:46 “Tinder is something we can all do as a family.”
18:55 “There are plenty of pretty voices with nothing to say. Do you have something to say?”
21:40 Never trust an interpreter.
33:46 I like this teacher.
44:30 A lot of this signing is like charades. It’s amazing.
48:41 Joni Mitchell, another film flashback. Sobs!
54:58 The teacher also has a gorgeous house and a grand piano. So I’m in love.
58:31 She didn’t even tell her about the interview though… that’s hardly fair.
1:09:20 No thanks, your friendship is not worth the humungous jump.
1:13:31 No one tells anybody anything in this family.
1:18:32 “Don’t worry, you’re a bad mom for so many other reasons.”
1:27:39 Amazing moment to see through their eyes the reactions of the audience.
1:37:25 Best teacher.


Incredible film. Great story, great acting, great singing. Coming-of-age tale with plenty of layers to unpick: family drama, surviving at school, following your dreams, working with a great teacher, falling in love. And on top of that dealing with being the only hearing person in your family.

There were tears at several points, particularly at the end, where it ended on such a hopeful note. Lovely.

Rating: 5 / 5

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