A woman skinny dips (no actual nudity is seen).
It’s implied that a man and woman has sex. We see them lying next to each other in the nude but nothing graphic is seen.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


I saw the information a few years ago. I know this is a German film about family affection. The director seems to be a woman. She won several film awards in Germany that year and participated in the Oscar foreign language film award on behalf of Germany. So when I saw a disc for sale, I took it without hesitation, but it was put on for more than a month. Last night, the film channel was on the air, so I watched it on TV.

At the beginning, Lala was eight or nine years old. She was a clever and sensible little girl. Her parents were deaf and dumb, but they communicated with each other in sign language and cared for each other with family affection. We can feel the silent but warm love between them. Lala doesn’t have much time to review her lessons because she has to bear the link between her parents and the outside world. She is often criticized by her teachers, but she doesn’t complain about her parents at all. She helps her parents make phone calls, save money, and dub TV pictures for her mother in sign language. When Christmas came, her aunt gave her a clarinet. Lala’s musical talent was shown. Under the guidance of her teacher, her clarinet playing skills continued to improve. Because of her inability to understand music and her painful childhood experience, her father opposed her to study music. Their contradiction lasted until Lala became an adult, left home to study and play in the capital, and prepared to apply for the Conservatory of music. During this period, her mother died in a car accident on her bicycle. Her father blamed her death on Lala, which made their relationship more rigid. Lala was angry and left her lonely father and young sister again. On the day when Lala took the music college exam, his father suddenly appeared in the examination room. He told Lala in sign language that he understood Lala’s love for music. Father and daughter reconciled, and Lala’s performance was also very successful.

The story is not complicated. It is the kind of conflict between family members due to different lifestyles and concepts that we often see in Hollywood films. Finally, the family relationship eliminates the pattern of resentment and deeper feelings. In addition, it is interspersed with the estrangement between Lala’s father and sister. Lala’s first love has all the emotional and dramatic elements that this kind of film should have, The special identity of Lala’s parents and deaf mutes can increase the tear inducing effect of the film. If Hollywood is allowed to shoot, it will probably be a sensational work, moving with emotion. For such a theme, this is also a good choice. Breaking the silence shows the consistent rational color of German films, calm, restrained and life-oriented, It’s not as boring as some French films (it’s strange that German films, like German cultural traditions, always have the taste of rationality and speculation, and the lyric narration is always reserved, not laid out and intense, even if they prefer Hollywood’s Fassbender and the most stylized Herzog). The color of the film is cold, the light is natural, the performance is simple, and there is no need to deliberately render the warm and sad scenes by various sound and light means. Lala’s father’s facial expression under his beard is always so dull and rigid. Only the occasional melancholy, stubbornness and fear in his eyes convey the waves in his heart. I even suspect that he is a deaf mute, and Hollywood will never choose such an actor.

It is difficult for normal people to understand the pain of the deaf mute. The forever silent world is a cage. Lala’s parents must rely on Lala to communicate with their relatives, answer the phone, talk to teachers, and even see a doctor. They are used to this closed life and dependence. Even a little change will bring them great inconvenience. Lala playing the clarinet is the first change. Her daughter is addicted to the world of sound, but as a parent, she can’t understand and respond at all. An invisible wall has been quietly built between the original harmonious family members. Lala wants her mother to ride a bike like a “normal mother”, but she doesn’t know how much risk it takes for a person without hearing. Out of maternal love, my mother learned to ride a bike, but then it took her life, and music finally took my daughter away from her father who needed her most. Deaf and dumb parents, the voice has become their biggest taboo. The voice suddenly breaking into the silent world not only affects their lives, even threatens their lives and takes away their spiritual dependence, but the father does not realize that his daughter will eventually live a normal life. His persistence and fear have become a cage for his daughter to go to life. In this way, the film will not only become a simple emotional play for a daughter to take responsibility for her parents, but also try to make them understand each other’s lives hard. Don’t let silence become a high taboo, break the silence and liberate their hearts and lives.

Therefore, this is a film about understanding and respect.

However, the director did not fully express this theme. Lala left home, her mood changed after her mother died, and her father finally understood her love for music. These important changes were too simple, and there were too many details and words in her life in Berlin. When it comes to Hollywood, such as “ordinary people”, “golden pond” and “deep love between mother and daughter”, the whole film is very successful in dealing with these plots and structures. This is its strength. We still have to learn.

There are many moving details in the film, such as waiting for mother’s production in the hospital. Outside the window is the flag dancing in the wind in the sunset. Lala and her father snuggle closely on the windowsill and use sign language to tell him the sound of the flag. The world without sound is so peaceful. Lala and her lover play string puppet games on a big wall in Berlin through the projection of lights. This kind of ingenuity is the first time to see. I’m afraid it can only be expressed in movies. It’s very much like Tim Burton’s hand-painted working drawing.

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