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Shachar’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
It’s easy to get swept up in the romance of Children of a Lesser God. But, to be honest, I don’t know how well the story has aged through 2021 eyes. Maybe it has – I’m really no expert on the deaf community. I’m just finding it difficult to watch a film the purports to be about two people with “cultural differences” that are willing to meet each other “halfway,” when one of the people is from a dominant culture that benefits from the oppression of the deaf community. Not that I think that James was trying to oppress Sarah. I just don’t know if we should celebrate his desires to help Sarah integrate to speaking society. Again, I don’t know much about the deaf community. But from my understanding, it’s a lively, thriving community. Does a person need to learn to speak spoken English in order to advance in life?
In addition to the love story, I was most struck by Sarah’s relationship with her family, especially her sister. I am still astounded that sisters are able to do this to each other. To keep a list of men that can come and have their way with your sibling. I know this story was mentioned in one short scene, but this image will stay with me for a long time to come. It’s just so sickening.