Hear and Now
Hear and Now (2007)

Filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky tells a deeply personal story about her deaf parents, and their radical decision -- after 65 years of silence -- to undergo cochlear implant surgery, a complex procedure that could give them the ability to… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 20, 2007
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter

Missing is any meaningful context about either the medical procedure or its significance among the deaf.

Shawn Levy

Be prepared to be fully immersed in it.

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Zack Haddad
Film Threat

Truly an intimate portrait into the lives of a remarkable couple as they struggle to get, and ultimately cope with, this life-changing surgery.

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Peter Debruge

Like the wrenching personal accounts of cancer survivors, Hear and Now unlocks the psychological side of their experience, with raw emotion smoothing over the intimate pic's less cinematic qualities.

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Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Hear and Now is a beautifully made film, with footage that helps filmgoers understand the richness of the world of sight, the challenges of the world of no sound and the considerable talents and charm of her parents.

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Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

The film is an extremely personal one that carefully shares with us many tender moments.

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Shelley Gabert

It's the merging of filmmaker and daughter that makes this documentary and memoir so compelling and appealing to a mass audience.

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Bonnie Fazio

Irene Taylor Brodsky's documentary about her parents' late-in-life decision to undergo cochlear-implant surgery is a moving tribute to her folks and their accomplishments, and an engrossing emotional roller-coaster for filmgoers.

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