Ada’s hands flew wildly over the table as her head swayed rhythmically.
Alistair stepped closer, curious to see what she was doing. His wife had drawn black and white symmetrical rectangles along the edge of the table.
Ada had been unfortunate enough to have become mute at an early age, and now after their forced relocation she had obviously lost her mind, too.
‘Mummy can’t live without her piano, daddy,’ said Flora.
Alistair shook his head. ‘We had to sell it. We all had to make sacrifices when we lost everything.’
‘But daddy, we can speak about our feelings.’
This flash was inspired by my recollection of the film The Piano (1993) and very loosely based on Ada, the mute protagonist.
It’s a powerful and moving film about immigration, marriage, love, the power of music, cruelty, loss and recovery, among many other themes.
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