Sound and Fury

          Without question, SOUND AND FURY has to rank as one of the
  best films -- nonfiction or otherwise -- of 2000. A frank and well-balanced
  examination of the debate over cochlear implants that is raging within the
  hearing-impaired community, this documentary focuses on the decisions
  made by hearing members of one Long Island family and the impact those
  choices have on their hearing-impaired relatives. To his credit, director Josh
  Aronson manages to avoid imposing his own point of view, giving equal
  time to each side, thus allowing the audience to make up its own mind.

          The subjects of
SOUND AND FURY are the Artinian family. Peter
  and his wife and three children are hearing-impaired. When their daughter
  Heather asks them to allow her to undergo the operation for a cochlear
  implant, he is shocked. Peter believes very strongly in preserving "deaf
  culture", including American Sign Language. His brother Chris, who can
  hear, and his wife are also contemplating the operation for their baby
  who was born deaf, thus directly challenging Peter's ideals and leading
  to a series of sometime brutally painful confrontations.

          As with any emotionally charged subject, people say things that
  are brutal and unforgivable. Family members square off as the issue gets
SOUND AND FURY doesn't shrink from presenting the ugliness
  of truth masquerading as familial love where parents say hurtful things
  to their children or siblings confrontations occur that are freighted with
  long buried, perhaps even forgotten hurts.

          Aronson takes a giant step as a filmmaker and assumes that his
  audience is intelligent enough to make up its own mind. Several pertinent
  issues are raised, some of which can have resonance to other oppressed
  peoples, things like the overwhelming influence of political correctness
  and whether those with a perceived handicap should be allowed to preserve
  their subculture. Unlike in a Hollywood fiction, there are no pat answers
  in real life as

                                  Rating:                    A-
                                  MPAA Rating:          NONE
                                  Running time:          80 mins.
© 2005 by C. E. Murphy. All Rights Reserved.