Listen (2020)

Listen (2020)

A heartbreaking portrayal of a struggling immigrant family of a child with disability

7.0

Movie

Portugal, United Kingdom
English, Portuguese
Drama
2020
ANA ROCHA DE SOUSA, FEMALE DIRECTOR
António Capelo, Brian Bovell, Holly Horne
73 min

What it's about

In the outskirts of London, Portuguese couple and parents of three, Bela and Jota, struggle to make ends meet. When a misunderstanding arises at school with their deaf daughter, the British social services grow concerned for the safety of their children. The film portrays the tireless battle of these immigrant parents against the law to keep their family together.

The take

Sincere and direct, Ana Rocha de Sousa’s debut feature is a tragic portrayal of an immigrant family in the United Kingdom. Known best abroad for her role in Love Actually, Lúcia Moniz shines as devoted mother Bela, who, along with Jota (Ruben Garcia) struggles to keep their family together. The couple and their three children, including the deaf middle child Lu (Sophia Myles), come under the scrutiny of social services, especially after the unexplained bruises. While at times heavy-handed, the film raises important questions on family separation and social services, especially with their limitations with children with disabilities.

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