Sound and Fury (2000)



Critic Consensus: This documentary presents its opposing views in an even-handed yet emotionally engaging manner. Critics say it will provoke much thought, as well as emotions, in the audience.

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Two branches of the Artinian family, each headed by a brother, are at the center of a passionate and elucidating debate. On one side, Chris and Mari are the hearing parents of a deaf newborn and decide to implant their baby, much to the dismay of their deaf in-laws. On the other hand, Chris's brother Peter, whose entire family is deaf, is dealing with his young daughter's request for an implant, a request decidedly at odds with his role as a leader of the anti-implant movement.
NR (not Rated)
Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Sound and Fury

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (6)

This is not a film to watch passively.

Full Review… | March 12, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Extremely well-made (and evenhanded).

February 8, 2001
New York Post
Top Critic

An example of what the documentary can accomplish at its most vital and engaging.

Full Review… | February 8, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Powerful, insightful, important and emotionally wrenching.

Full Review… | February 8, 2001
New York Times
Top Critic

The discourse that ensues over this issue is more entertaining, heartfelt, and insightful than what you'll find in any other film released in 2000.

Full Review… | November 10, 2001
Apollo Guide

It doesn't beg for your emotions or sympathies--only for your attention and patience.

Full Review… | March 23, 2001
Matinee Magazine

Audience Reviews for Sound and Fury

Wildly articulate, intelligent and highly emotional without being volatile, this film gives voice to the options surrounding cochlear implants and it's threatening effect perceived by the deaf community. Wonderfully personal and intimate; profoundly, deeply moving, see vulnerable people open up about their experiences. On the DVD, see the extra 20 min of extra interviews which gives even more insight - an example of someone who rejected the implant, and another who had difficulty and yet embraced it. I also recommend finding the 2013-14 TEDtalk of Heather Artinian - the central little girl of the doc - who speaks about what she has learned since, and her brilliant philosophy she's developed bc of her experiences. Brilliant, illuminating, authentic and ultimately inspiring. 5 out of 5

Thomas Porter
Thomas Porter

I loved this documentary. It goes into the life of two related families who are both trying to decide whether their children should receive a cochlear implant. One family has two hearing parents (the mom was brought up by two deaf parents) who have twins and find out that one of them is deaf. While the other family has two deaf parents who have a daughter who asks them if she can receive an implant. While the movie itself can get very frustrating because you're only seeing one family circle where all the parents are putting their wishes on their children, it is so emotional and thought-provoking. For me, it was the first time that I was exposed to this idea of deaf culture and the deaf community. I really enjoyed the amount of emotion that this movie conveys, and I just wish it could've spread out this story to cover more than just these two families.

Suraj Sehgal
Suraj Sehgal

There is so much to be said about this documentary, but mostly I'm impressed by how frustrated, emotionally charged, exhausted, upset, and downright angry it could make me. Proof that decisions, no matter how logical they might seem, are always up for contention.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

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