With its three Oscar awards, including the statuette for best film, CODA created a surprise during the unmissable ceremony. If you missed it, here’s where you can catch up on the American remake of The Aries Family.
It was the outsider who could create the surprise at the Oscars: CODA marked the history of the essential American ceremony this night. The US remake of The Aries Family by Siân Heder won the Oscar for best film by seducing voters for its feel good story and its representation of the deaf and hard of hearing community.
CODA was celebrated with two other accolades, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for the touching Troy Kotsur. Above all, the feature film is the first streaming platform film to win the ultimate award. And yes, CODA is a film that was acquired by a platform for the sum of 25 million dollars after causing a sensation at the Sundance festival in the United States, where it won several prizes, including the Grand Jury Prize and the Prix public.
Where to see CODA?
CODA’s victory moved more than one and in particular Éric Lartigau, director of the original French version La Famille Bélier, which had achieved more than 7 million box office admissions when it was released in cinemas in 2015, who congratulated the coronation of the remake at the microphone of BFM TV : “I feel a lot of pleasure, a lot of joy for Sian Heder, the director, for the actors, the actresses. It’s wonderful. It’s a joyful ceremony. It brings people together. I like it a lot. The story of this film , it’s the differences that suddenly bring us together.”
So, what is the lucky platform that managed to get their hands on CODA? It’s Apple TV+! The film has been available on the platform since August 13. After that Oscar win, it’s time to catch up on the hallowed film on Apple TV+ if you haven’t checked it out yet, especially since it’s a successful remake.
What is CODA worth?
If American remakes of French films are very often missed, CODA is clearly not one of them. We could blame the French film for not having called on deaf actors to play the heroine’s parents and the American remake made a point of being much more inclusive and offers Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur and Daniel Durant, all actors with deafness, the exposure they deserve in authentic, funny and endearing roles.
The chemistry is undeniable within the Rossi family that they embody and it is difficult not to resist their bickering, their tenderness and their believable rants. Sian Heder films them with a lot of affection and benevolence and brings them moments of brilliance despite some ease of staging.
In the midst of this united but disorderly family, we find Ruby (Emilia Jones), a sparkling heroine whose talent is just waiting to blossom. Crushed by the weight of the responsibilities that fall on a Coda (acronym for “Child Of Deaf Adults”, which means “hearing child of deaf parents”), Ruby finds herself torn between her dreams and the obligations she believes he owes his loved ones.
Totally invested in her role between singing and sign language, Emilia Jones impresses and proves to be as convincing as she is charming by illuminating the space with each presence on the screen. The other roles are pretty solid, including Professor Bernardo Villalobos (Eugenio Derbez), who brings an extra bit of madness.
In short, CODA is a successful remake that has perfectly adapted to American culture without losing the essence of the lovely original family story. Full of good feelings, without ever being dripping or laughable, the film seduces with its whirlwind of sensitivity and humor, its terribly endearing characters, its catchy melodies and its effective and relevant plot.