The Scottish-American director Alexander Mackendrick made at least half a dozen classic films, from comedies to biting dramas, and his great talent is on full display here in a deeply moving film that is carried off with rare tact and intelligence. The situation of a congenitally deaf child is approached from multiple angles, that of the child, the parents, teachers and society, with nothing in the way of cheap sentimentality or sensationalism. We the audience are moved, moved to tears probably, because the director has been able to capture on film moments of change, realisation and growth that are witnessed, as if we were attending angels, rather than staged or camera-made. The performances are powerful, especially from the eponymous Mandy Miller. Sure, things have moved on since this film was made, in terms of treatments and attitudes, but there is a timeless depth to this drama, a story intelligently conceived and brilliantly filmed, that keeps the production fresh for our modern eyes. The transfer is good. My copy stated that there were subtitles available. It has not been restored but, apart from some slight sound distortion in places, it does not show any great wear and tear. Deserves a spot in any collection.