from the Seattle Internatinal Film Festival website:
170 HZ is the volume of a whisper, a sound almost too faint to be heard. Sixteen-year-old Evy has a common high school existence and caring parents, but her deaf reality has always made her an outsider. All this changes when she meets Nick, a far more rebellious 19-year-old who is also deaf, and ignites in her a vision of their coexistence. When Evy’s interest in school and home life deteriorate, Nick whisks her away to an abandoned Soviet submarine where they plan a family life together. Joost van Ginkel’s debut feature commands the audience from its first frames with a cinematic vocabulary that plays off the extrasensory perception that Nick and Evy bring to their world. Their love is shown not through what they say, but in every gaze and touch, enhanced by close-ups and unique camera angles. The ambient sound design perfectly captures the psychology of their world. Especially in the second half, where their underwater metallic home creates sonic tremors they cannot hear, speaking volumes about their young lives. 170 HZ is an invigorating film that transcends cinema’s ability to merely tell a story and immerses the audience in an emotional space that can only be created by great art.