What a weird badly & awesomely made movie.
The bad and awful: the writing, the story, the horrible music they play that isn’t even Metal (maybe spoken word screamo drum noisecore?) but ok it’s destroying his hearing I can look past it, the nonsensical decision by her to put him in a halfway home for drug abusers??? (and the deaf), no other options? Can’t live on their own? when we find out later she has a dad with money maybe she could have brought him to? the nonsense that this deaf halfway home takes away his keys and phone like he is an addict (he was 4 years ago, but he is an adult man now, why can’t an adult have his phone to stay in touch with his girlfriend and family?), the nonsense that since he wanted a cochlear implant that somehow the deaf people living there can’t handle the truth that it’s both ok to be deaf AND it’s ok to want to regain hearing? The nonsense that he is immediately kicked out for getting the surgery, no help, no transition, just out, abrupt, the nonsense that he has zero money but flys internationally to Paris without even checking to see that his girlfriend would be there when he gets there? (Yep he surprises her) because that’s what people with very little money do, take huge risks like that; the nonsense that at her dad’s one moment they’re laying in bed not fighting, no conflict, hugging, he kind of suggests playing music again with her, touring again, but no reply or indication from her at all how she feels about that, and the next moment he is suddenly walking out the door with his bag and the movie is over (wtf just happened? Is he leaving? Why? Wait, what?? Are we supposed to infer why? ). The whole movie felt wrong, stupid, fake, or just dumb. Like that people wouldn’t do this, or that what was happening on the screen made no sense and wasn’t being explained at all.
The great: this movie had a wonderful depiction of what it’s like to lose your hearing, consequences of not protecting your hearing, what it’s like to be deaf, to communicate without hearing, and wonderfully showed what it’s like to live with a cochlear implant. We really appreciated this, and it was memorable. It really redeemed the movie.