“Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements” explores Irene Taylor Brodsky’s eldest son Jonas’ adaptation to the world of sound after a cochlear implant surgery, the Duke Chronicle reports.
Jonas inherited a genetic mutation that caused his grandparents’ deafness, a topic explored in Brodsky’s previous film “Hear and Now,” in which his grandparents receive cochlear implants at the age of 65.
Jonas becomes interested in learning Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, a piece written by the famous composer when he was going deaf.
The camera records touching and revealing family moments, and gorgeous animation depicts a tormented Beethoven mourning his loss. “Moonlight Sonata” takes three stories, two of them intertwining, and challenges the audience to rethink the concept of deafness and loss.