MOONLIGHT SONATA: DEAFNESS IN THREE MOVEMENTS

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Series Info
Series:Science on Screen
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:90 minutes
Director:Irene Taylor Brodsky
Year Released:2019
Production Country:USA
Language:English

Description

"A powerful film about parents and children." - rogerebert.com

"A tender and evocative document of a very specific human experience that's palpable for anyone forced to deal with a setback in life." - The Criterion Cast

"Like a well-crafted piece of music, Moonlight Sonata achieves structural elegance, personal intimacy, and universal significance."
- Boston Globe

Director Irene Taylor Brodsky (Between Sound and Silence) 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 on 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.

Presented as part of Science on Screen® - An initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

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