Raised on a remote island by her grandfather Lionel, Liv has never spoken. When Lionel discovers he’s dying, he calls his former protege, Michael, to the island and asks him to protect Liv’s independence. That night, as Lionel is reading to Liv, his voice fails him. Liv picks up the book of Shakespeare and begins: first reading, then weaving her own language from Shakespeare’s words. Michael discovers her speaking and commits her to a psychiatric hospital. She becomes a full-blown rebel in the hospital; her increasing violence threatens to keep her locked up for life. At a time when the world is at a tipping point regarding women’s voices, LIV encapsulates that zeitgeist.

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