I thought it was a very interesting story. Ultimately the mutual comprehension of each of Paula and her family's needs as well as the biggest demonstration of affection between these two parts is shown through music, which is very uncharacteristic given that three out of four of the family's elements have no hearing. I teared up a little bit while watching that final emotional familial climax; it was beautiful.
In aiming for maximum slapstick the Belier family manages to be pretty offensive towards the deaf. We're supposed to believe that they couldn't lip read in a cheese stall. It has some wonderful moments as well but on the whole I found the direction pretty crass. 2.5 stars
"The Belier Family" was a big hit in France and starred Louane Emera,who had reached the semi-final of "The Voice"(2013).This family comedy has some good moments,but looses its way a little with sub-plots that fizzle out,long before the sentimental ending.The film also deals with the issue of how deaf people are seen and treated by society.Yet gives the two main deaf rolls to actors who can hear!A missed opportunity.
This is a lovely family film. Despite the fact that the dysfunctional family plot is already played out in this film, I like that this film has taken to portray a deaf family however ironic that they've cast one actual deaf actor. Louane really shines in this film, highlighting her talent as a singer.
It was a blockbuster in France at its release but I must admit I did not really like this film. I found some characters, especially the mother a bit too extreme and irritating. In the film, disability is depicted in a slightly grotesque way. Fortunately, the music teacher had an interesting and more complex personality...