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Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019)

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Director Irene Taylor Brodsky once again turns the camera on her deaf parents and, now, her 11-year-old deaf son Jonas, who has cochlear implants and is discovering a profound world of hearing--and music. As Jonas learns the first movement of Beethoven's iconic sonata on the piano, his grandparents, deaf for nearly 80 years, watch with deepening awe what time and technology have bestowed their grandson. But when Jonas struggles with the sound of his mistakes, Beethoven's own musical journey comes to life in an animated world of watercolor and haunting soundscapes. As the great composer loses the sense that brought him so much music and fame, Jonas's grandfather Paul loses his grasp on his mind. Their lives weave a sonata over three centuries, about all we can discover once we push beyond what has been lost.

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Like a well-crafted piece of music, Irene Taylor Brodsky's Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements achieves structural elegance, personal intimacy, and universal significance.

December 10, 2019 | Full Review…

I love this documentary... Up close and intimate.

October 3, 2019 | Full Review…

"Moonlight" makes its points softly, but with resounding conviction.

September 26, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[A]n intimate, often vérité look at how hearing loss affects three generations of a close-knit Portland, Ore., family.

September 19, 2019 | Full Review…

A powerful film about parents and children, though told with enough restraint that its more affecting moments might sneak up on you.

September 13, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Though parts of it will certainly resonate within the deaf community (assuming it is made available with closed captioning), the film has little of the philosophical appeal of other docs on this topic, and sometimes seems willfully solipsistic.

September 12, 2019 | Full Review…

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