CODA is a 2021 American drama film starring a hearing adolescent girl who is the child of deaf adults (CODA). Sian Heder wrote and directed the film, which stars Emilia Jones as the hearing child, Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur as her culturally Deaf parents, and Daniel Durant as her Deaf brother.
Eugenio Derbez and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo also appear in the film.
The film was shot on location in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the United States, and is an English-language adaptation of the 2014 French-language film La Famille Bélier. CODA made its international debut at the Sundance Film Festival on January 28, 2021. Apple paid a festival-record $25 million for CODA’s distribution rights. On August 13, 2021, the film will be released in cinemas and on the Apple TV+ streaming service.
Coda (2021) Synopsis
A culturally Deaf family owns and operates a fishing business in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in the United States. Ruby, the only hearing member of the family, is 17 years old and assists her Deaf parents and brother with the company. She joins the choir club in high school, where she falls in love with her duet partner and discovers a love for singing. Her choirmaster urges her to think about music school, and she must choose between assisting her family and pursuing her ambition.
- Rating: PG-13 (Drug Use|Strong Sexual Content|Language)
- Genre: Drama
- Original Language: English
- Director: Sian Heder
- Producer: Philippe Rousselet, Patrick Wachsberger, Fabrice Gianfermi
- Writer: Sian Heder
- Release Date (Theaters): Aug 13, 2021, Limited
- Release Date (Streaming): Aug 13, 2021
- Runtime: 1h 51m
- Production Co: Vendome Pictures, Picture Perfect Federation, Pathé Films
- Also known as: CODA: Señales Del Corazón
- Countries of origin: United States, France
- Emilia Jones as Ruby Rossi
- Troy Kotsur as Frank Rossi
- Marlee Matlin as Jackie Rossi
- Daniel Durant as Leo Rossi
- Eugenio Derbez as Bernardo Villalobos
- Ferdia Walsh-Peelo as Miles
CODA is an English-language adaptation of the French-language film La Famille Bélier, which was released in 2014 and was a box office hit in France. It was written and directed by Sian Heder. Philippe Rousselet was a producer on the original film and held the rights to remake it. Heder was asked by him and producer Patrick Wachsberger to direct a version for a US audience. “They were interested in adapting the picture,” Heder recalled, “but they wanted someone to make it distinctive and take the original idea and recreate it.” Pathé Films and Vendôme Group have created a film production collaboration in May 2019 to develop and produce English-language films, with CODA being the first.
Gloucester, Massachusetts is the setting for CODA. While its precursor, La Famille Bélier, was set on a rural French dairy farm, Heder opted to put CODA in Gloucester because he was familiar with the city through summer visits to the North Shore as a child. Heder studied American Sign Language while writing the script, with ASL accounting for 40% of the final product. Alexandria Wailes and Anne Tomasetti, two deaf colleagues whom she referred to as “ASL masters,” assisted the director.
Heder inspected a fish processing factory and spoke with the local harbormaster about how authorities might raid a boat in preparation for the film. Director Kenneth Lonergan and members of the fishing-industry charity Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association provided her with comments. Heder was taught local fishing techniques by several advisors and a fisherman.
In the middle of 2019, the film was shot on location in Gloucester, Massachusetts. The family lives in a “creaky clapboard house with a yard crammed with boats, traps, and nets,” according to WBUR’s The ARTery. During site scouting, Heder stumbled upon what she thought was the perfect house for the family home and obtained permission to film there from the residents. The choirmaster’s residence was a Victorian-style seaside mansion where Heder had visited family friends many times as a youngster, and they agreed to let her film there.
Heder was taught local fishing methods by a fisherman, who permitted his fishing boat to be used as a film set. The Steel Derrick quarry in Rockport, Massachusetts was used to film scenes set in a flooded quarry.
CODA made its global premiere as one of the opening-day films at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival on January 28, 2021. It aired as part of the US Dramatic Competition at the festival. CODA was practically eliminated at the time due of the COVID-19 epidemic in the United States.
According to Agence France Presse, the film garnered “instant great reviews,” with Variety and Deadline Hollywood also praising it. “[Heder] is said to have produced a crowd-pleasing tearjerker whose commercial promise would easily trigger a bidding war between theatrical distributors and deep-pocketed streamers,” according to IndieWire. “It’s a refreshing remake of the conventional adolescent romance and coming-of-age tale, propelled by its strong inclusiveness of the deaf community,” USA Today said.
Apple bought the film’s distribution rights for a festival-record $25 million just two days after it premiered. CODA received the US Grand Jury Prize, the US Dramatic Audience Award, and the Special Jury Ensemble Cast Award at Sundance. In the U.S. Dramatic division, the film’s director, Sian Heder, received Best Director.
Theaters and Apple TV+
On August 13, 2021, the film will be released in cinemas and on Apple TV+, a streaming service.
CODA’s premise was deemed traditional by critics, but Emilia Jones’ main performance was lauded for revitalizing the coming-of-age narrative. Metacritic, a review aggregate website, polled 16 critics and found 12 favorable reviews and four mediocre reviews. It awarded it an overall weighted score of 72 out of 100, indicating “generally positive reviews.” Rotten Tomatoes, a similar website, polled 102 reviewers and, after classifying the reviews as positive or negative, determined that 97 were favorable and five were negative, giving the film a 95 percent rating. It earned an average rating of 7.7 out of 10 among the reviewers.
“[It] serves as both a showcase for her ability and yet another evidence of her drive to create naturally real stories about the lives of human individuals who happen to be deaf,” Glenn Whipp, writing for the Los Angeles Times, wrote about Marlee Matlin and CODA.
“I thought that audiences would truly see deaf people in a film,” Matlin said of her desire to see CODA created. There are so many levels for people to relate with, and for those who have no connection, who have never met a deaf person, to see sign language, to see deaf individuals in everyday situations… Individuals believe that deaf people are all alike in their outlook on life. And this movie debunks that myth, but it has to be conveyed as truthfully as possible to do it. And it’s weird because studios clearly have the power to greenlight a film and cast anyone they want, yet there’s still a lack of understanding that deaf people can convey global tales.”
“You have to look a little bit outside the box and provide additional alternatives, rather than simply having two options,” Kotsur added. You know, you’re creating this script because someone is deaf, or I’m writing it because there’s a deaf character in it. There’s a distinction there.”
How do I watch CODA 2021?
CODA will be available in cinemas and on Apple TV+.
Did Patrick Stewart really play the piano in CODA?
In Claude Lalonde’s Coda, Patrick Stewart plays the stereotypical concert pianist: stylish in a modestly attention-getting way, alert to the world beyond his keyboard, and able to relate believable tales about centuries-old composers.
Is CODA available on Netflix?
Yep, CODA (2021) is available on Netflix. CODA (2021) may be streamed online using the Netflix app on your phone, computer, SmartTV, or any other Netflix device.
Coda Release Dates
|USA||29 January 2021||(Sundance Film Festival)|
|USA||27 June 2021||(Nantucket Film Festival)|
|UK||30 July 2021||(Sundance London Film Festival)|
|Australia||6 August 2021||(Melbourne International Film Festival)|
|Australia||13 August 2021||(limited)|
|Canada||13 August 2021||(internet)|
|Germany||13 August 2021||(internet)|
|Finland||13 August 2021|
|France||13 August 2021||(internet)|
|UK||13 August 2021||(limited)|
|India||13 August 2021||(internet)|
|Sweden||13 August 2021||(internet)|
|Singapore||13 August 2021||(internet)|
|USA||13 August 2021|
Also Known As (AKA)
|Canada (French title)||CODA|
|Canada (English title)||CODA|
|Finland||Coda – Kahden maailman välissä|
|India (Hindi title)||CODA|
|Mexico||CODA: Señales Del Corazón|
|Worldwide (English title)||CODA|