Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements 2019
1h 30min | Documentary | 13 September 2019 (USA)
Moonlight Sonata is a deeply personal memoir about a deaf boy growing up, his deaf grandfather growing old, and Beethoven the year he was blindsided by deafness and wrote his iconic sonata. Their lives weave a story about what we discover when we push beyond loss.
Just saw the movie and afterwards was lucky to hear a Q & A with the filmmaker –who is the mother/narrator. This is a lovely movie giving a more complete picture of what life is like straddling both the hearing and non-hearing world. (the young child gets a cochlear implant –not a spoiler, it’s in the trailer) It is also the story of a young child accomplishing a task (learning the Moonlight Sonata) with his family’s support –which could be any child– and yet the significance that Beethoven wrote this piece when he was deaf is more than symbolic in this film. The other dimension in the film is the story of the grandparents who live nearby and are central characters too. They were each deaf for over 60 years, but also got cochlear implants (another documentary film, Here and Now) and yet their implants function differently because of their stage in life. Having the implants in early childhood vs. middle aged impacts how the brain processes sound, we learn. Overall, this is a wonderful film that is both a portrait of a loving family and an exploration of the experience of living with a different relationship to a world that takes sound for granted.
Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky
Release Date: 13 September 2019 (USA)
Also Known As: Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements