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Acting Like a Child
29 Ratings


Directed by Alexander Mackendrick
United Kingdom, 1952
  • English
  • English
Acting Like a Child


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.

Our take

We continue our thematic investigation into childhood in cinema with this moving melodrama from British cinema luminary Alexander Mackendrick (The Ladykillers, The Man in the White Suit). A sincere generosity with complexity to match guides this nuanced and all-too-rare portrayal of disability.

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