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Children of a Lesser God (1986)

US 119m, Colour
Director: Randa Haines; Cast: Marlee Matlin, William Hurt, Piper Laurie, Philip Bosco

Children of a Lesser God is a powerful drama involving a young reluctant-to-speak deaf woman who becomes romantically involved with her “Welcome Back, Kotter” styled speech therapist. Their rocky relationship is plagued by her troubled past which she also closely guards. Matlin’s emotive performance easily stands out as the main reason to watch this otherwise simple love story (Klaus Ming June 2016).

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2 comments on “Children of a Lesser God (1986)

  1. SJHoneywell
    06/15/2016

    I think this is a step away from a movie-of-the-week, and not a full step.

    It was once pointed out to me that the film shoots it’s own message in the foot. The whole thing is about her wanting to have her own voice…and yet the film has William Hurt tell us everything she says.

    • Klaus
      06/16/2016

      I hadn’t thought of it that way. But you’re right, he does do a lot of talking!

      My previous viewing was in a theatre in Finland in 1987 (while I was on an IAESTE student work exchange program). I had very fond memories of the film, which it didn’t live up to with this recent viewing.

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