Children Of A Lesser God details
|Starring:||Alison Gompf, Piper Laurie, Marlee Matlin, William Hurt, Philip Bosco|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
Children Of A Lesser God
|Run time:||1 hour 55 minutes|
|Rental release:||18 Nov 2002|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish, Italian|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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A painfully contrived drama, with a better cast than it deservesBy Philip Concannon from London , 05 Oct 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]James Leeds(William Hurt) arrives at a school for the deaf with an impressive CV. He's taught speech therapy at all the best schools, but he's also had spells as a bartender and DJ, so we know he's a bit unconventional.
His boss soon tells him that 'no-one's trying to change the world here' and his teaching methods are frowned upon by the establishment, but his crazy antics are soon getting results with his initially difficult pupils. However, a beautiful but stubborn girl named Sarah(Marlee Matlin) is the one he really wants to help. Soon the pair are in love, but her disability is proving a barrier in their relationship.
'Children of a Lesser God' is one of those films that's programmed, crafted and controlled from first frame to last; to tug at the heart-strings, win awards and let Hollywood show how mature and sensitive it is. There's nothing in this movie that feels spontaneous or free as it covers all the expected bases.
However, when you cast William Hurt you know you're going to get a performance of subtlety and intelligence. His character is such a cliche(the handsome, eccentric, idealistic teacher you find only in Hollywood) that he seems occasionally constricted by the role, but he offers a convincing portrayal of a loving, frustrated man desperate to fully understand his partner.
His performance is equalled by the Oscar-winning Marlee Matlin who, in her debut role, is outstanding as the troubled Sarah. She gives a gutsy display and has a strong chemistry with Hurt, which carries the story.
The rest of Randa Haines' conventional film is full of standard 'overcoming adversity' sequences(none worse than the deaf student's song-and-dance show) and an obvious climax.
Hurt and Matlin are marvellous throughout but are let down by the material. There are glimpses here of the drama this could have been before it's swamped by the Hollywood gloss. As expected, 'Children of a Lesser God' won plenty of plaudits and nominations, but it could have done so much more.
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Children Of A Lesser GodBy a customer , 15 Dec 2011A very good film with some plot twists and a message. It was well acted and realistic. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Very powerful film.....By a customer from Lancs , 25 May 2010We found the film is very strong and powerful actor and actress.. we enjoyed watching it. Word cant explain what the womans thoughts.....
Children Of A Lesser GodBy legendkilla (14 reviews) from Cardiff , 14 Oct 2009was a good film by Marlee Matlin who acted so brilliantly with William Hurt and Piper Laurie
fanastic flim!By DivaMaz (3 reviews) from Glasgow , 27 Jul 2009It very interesting flim all about deaf community tried courage hearing community learn how to sign and they do speech but this girl was determind not to learn how to speech and very strongly believe in deaf community! Marlee Matlin is brillitant actress, and she should have more better treat for that!
I looovvvveee this flim and even thinking buy off loveflims!
It hard to pick it up but stay focus and you learn more appericated what it flim all about. it well worth it, must a see flim!!
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Intriguing and touchingBy a customer from Coventry , 24 Jun 2009Yes, this falls into the 'feel-good' category, but one became caught up in the 'Will this relationship work?' dilemma between the two lead characters.
The film made one think more deeply about what it must be like to be deaf - not that a hearing person could possibly enter that world. The scenes in the swimming pool acted as a kind of metaphor for the baffling incomprehension between the two leads - and yet the triumph of love over adversity.