Drama | 15 mins | (USA) | 2016
Directed by: Andrew Keenan-Bolger| Written by: Adam Wachter
Starring: John McGinty and Preston Sadleir et al.
When Ben summons the courage to talk to Aaron at their local subway station, he is surprised to find that Aaron is deaf. Despite the communication barrier love blossoms, but their very different worlds threaten to tear them apart.
Why you should watch it:
- Positive message
- Wonderful score
- Believable performances
A little more insight…
Sign is a silent film which relies on visuals and music to tell the story, mirror the relationship and emphasise the emotions.
At its essence it is about loving someone despite your differences and overcoming any and all obstacles – in Sign it being a communication barrier due to Aaron’s deafness.
In light of the lack of dialogue, it falls on the ability of the leads to carry the story and they do it brilliantly; they drew me into their cutesy relationship and filled me with hope. After all, we all want to be love. To see theirs blossom felt real, it was a positive message.
Even the tension and drama felt natural, it wasn’t forced or, as in other films, awkwardly instigated through stiff dialogue or melo-dramatic action, which gave it power and made it more upsetting after being on their journey to overcome the barrier.
That being said, every good love story has heartache and who doesn’t love a happy ending? It made me tingle.
On a side note it filled my head with ideas for a horror/thriller called “#TubeCrush”. Does anyone want to collaborate?
Things that bugged me:
- I cannot fault it…