Harry and Christine Garland have a deaf daughter, Mandy. As they realize their daughter’s situation, the parents enroll Mandy in special education classes to try to get her to speak. They quarrel in the process and their marriage comes under strain.
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Much more to grab onto than the previous child actor selection (in my opinion) due to the presence of actual emotional stakes. Melodrama has shifted to being an insult in modern film discussion, which is cruel and untrue.
I am very angry when people are being denied education. Ugh. I like to imagine that in the end, Christine did divorce Harry and got it on with Dick. Girl, get et yourself a man who doesn't need to alleviate his insecurities through isolating a child.
[NOTE: this film a.k.a. "Crash of Silence" on IMDb] Captures a different world. The tension between Phyllis Calvert's Christine (who wants Mandy to attend school) and Terence Morgan's Harry (who wants Mandy to be home-schooled by his mother) is reflected in the societal changes in education and attitudes toward people with disabilities. The anguish and pain of the story make the final scene all the more powerful.
What a great mini-festival! Thank you, MUBI. Tremendous acting from Mandy, as from the boy in Fallen Idol. Interesting that the children’s acting is very nuanced and subtle, the film’s treatments of the child charcters is reasonably nuanced, and the adult roles and acting are so overdrawn and overacted. Moreso here than Idol, but still. Nuanced depiction of class and gender, women in trousers and “male” haircuts.
Really a quite beautiful film. Usually not huge on child actresses, but this is an exception. Also, this film shows the dark side of some of the thought of the day, that deaf people were not really worth educating. Sad. Hopefully this film helped sway that opinion in the opposite direction. 4 stars
Troisième long métrage du peu prolifique réalisateur britannique Alexander Mackendrick abordant un sujet particulièrement émouvant, vivifié par une solide interprétation des acteurs principaux, avec une mention spéciale à la petite Mandy Miller qui, sans affectation surnuméraire ni pesant cabotinage, parvient à crédibiliser souverainement son personnage de gamine sourde et désorientée...