William Hurt and Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin light up the screen as John Leeds and Sarah Norman, two strong-willed people who discover that real love needs no words. John teaches at a school for the deaf. Sarah used to be the school s brightest student, though she refused to read lips, and is now employed as its custodian. John immediately falls for the beautiful and stubborn Sarah, but soon realizes he must get past her anger in order to reach her heart. Together, they begin a challenging, frustrating and enlightening journey. Critically acclaimed and nominated for four Academy Awards , this uplifting romance proved that even in a world of silence,nothing echoes more powerfully than love.