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Universal Signs (2009)





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A deaf artist suffers from crippling guilt after his fiancé's daughter dies while he's supposed to be watching after her. His self-blame sending him into a tormented cycle of alienation and despair, Andrew (Anthony Natale) finds solace in his burgeoning relationship with Mary (Sabrina Lloyd, a woman whose boundless love gives him the courage to endure his darkest hour. With Mary's help, Andrew gradually gains the strength to forgive himself and emerge from his self-imposed prison of despair. Margot Kidder, Robert Picardo, and Ashlyn Sanchez co-star.


Margot Kidder
as Rose Callahan
Robert Picardo
as Father Joe
Sabrina Lloyd
as Mary Callahan

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Voted Audience Choice for Best Feature Film at the Philadelphia Film Festival... Unlike any film I have ever seen. I was among the lucky ones to get a ticket to view Universal Signs at one of its sell-out "sneak peak" screenings at the Philadelphia Film Festival last spring. My hope is that this embracing film makes it into theaters everywhere as the world deserves to be touched by this beautiful story which was so embraced by audiences in Philadelphia that it took away the honor as Audience Choice for Best Feature Film. Hearing, deaf and hard of hearing audience members alike were spell bound by the film's endearing characters, classic story, beautiful cinematography, mesmerizing score, and right on target directing of filmmaker, Ann Calamia in this, her debut film. I agree with those who say this is a classic story beautifully told with layer after layer of symbolism that leaves one wanting to see it again and again - as you just can't take it in all at once. I fell in love with each of the film's characters that were perfectly cast in their roles (wait until you see Margot Kidder, whose scene stealing cameo appearance brings down the house). And I agree with other viewers who shared that at times one could almost hear the actors speaking, although Universal Signs is told from the perspective of its deaf main character played by Anthony Natalie in his native language, ASL. As a helping professional, I am convinced that our most authentic communication often comes not from the words we speak, but through our nonverbal communication skills or lack thereof. Therefore, I was captivated by Ms. Calamia's ability to capture and communicate human emotions, especially those spoken through the eyes. It was my privilege as a hearing person to view Universal Signs with my deaf and hard of hearing companions and to travel on a common journey; the path that leads to love, forgiveness and eventual healing. This film is one in a million. If you get the opportunity to see it, DON'T MISS IT. Universal Signs touches your very soul and you come away with the feeling that we are indeed one community, speaking one universal language. E. Reed, Philadelphia, PA

Joyce Calamia
Joyce Calamia

Universal Signs is a ground breaking modern “silent” film, presented in mesmerizing American Sign Language (ASL) with English subtitles. The film touches the hearts and minds of hearing and Deaf audiences alike with its hopeful, uplifting story of love, connection, and forgiveness. Starring: Anthony Natale, Sabrina Lloyd, Margot Kidder, Robert Picardo, Ashlyn Sanchez, Deanne Bray, Troy Kotsur, Aimee Garcia and Lupe Ontiveros It won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Philadelphia Film Festival and was the opening night film at the Toronto International Deaf Film and Arts Festival. Don't miss it!!

Catherine Miller
Catherine Miller

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