In Polish and PSL with English subtitles.
Like many sixth-graders, Laura becomes annoyed with her loving parents at times. But unlike most, she is the hearing daughter of two deaf parents. As she gets older, she spends more time as a go-between: translating and interpreting for her parents, accompanying them to the store, and calling into work to report when her father is sick. Being an only child, this means less time for schoolwork and less time with her friends. Like many children of recent immigrants, Laura lives in an alternate world on behalf of her family, and is learning how to navigate the adult world much sooner than her peers. With all the usual challenges, they are just like any other family, and their time together is full of joy and laughter. Using sparse sound and subtle cinematic gestures, director Maciej Adamek invites us into Laura’s world between worlds, where unconditional love is the family’s primary language.
Recommended for ages 12+
Themes: family, translation, only child, love, perseverance, coming of age, friendship