Available on the Apple TV + platform, “CODA” by Sian Heder is the American remake of “La Famille Bélier”, a big French success that revealed Louane Emera in 2014.
Seven years after the release of La Famille Bélier, a popular success in 2014 with more than 7 million admissions in France, the American remake is here. Entitled CODA, it has the particularity of having truly deaf performers in its cast. The story remains the same as in the original, except that the spectators here follow a family of fishermen and not of farmers as in Eric Lartigau’s feature film. A real hit at the Sundance Festival – where he won no less than 5 prizes -, CODA is available on Apple TV +.
Emilia Jones and Louane Emera
In the American version, it is Emilia Jones who takes over the main role, held by Louane Emera in 2014 and who won her the César for best female hope the following year. The American actress, who plays here Ruby Rossi, appeared in the hit series Locke & Key on Netflix, but also the horror film Ghostland directed by Pascal Laugier.
Troy Kotsur and François Damiens
Troy Kotsur plays the father of the Rossi family and therefore succeeds the Belgian François Damiens. If the latter had to learn sign language for the purposes of the film, Troy Kotsur has been deaf since his birth. A condition that has never prevented him from building an acting career. In 2007, he played Jim Carrey in the thriller The Number 23 by Joel Schumacher.
Marlee Matlin and Karin Viard
Like Troy Kutsur, actress Marlee Matlin is genuinely deaf. She embodies the role of the mother of the family, succeeding Karin Viard. Marlee Matlin’s journey is remarkable in many ways, not least because she was the first deaf actress to win the Oscar for Best Actress. She won this honor in 1986 for The Children of Silence, a film in which she gives the reply to William Hurt.
Eugenio Derbez and Eric Elmosnino
Daniel Durant and Luca Gelberg
Daniel Durant plays the role of the brother, previously played by Luca Gelberg, a young deaf French actor. The actor in the American version is also deaf. Mainly active in the theater, he also played a small role in the second season of the You series, on Netflix.