Till Human Voices Wake Us (2002)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  12 September 2002 (Australia)
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A man returns to Victoria, Australia, where he grew up, and encounters a mysterious woman who reminds him of someone he once knew.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Sam Franks
Frank Gallacher ...
Maurie Lewis
Lindley Joyner ...
Young Sam Franks
Brooke Harman ...
Silvy Lewis
Peter Curtin ...
Dr. David Franks
Margot Knight ...
Dorothy Lewis
Dawn Klingberg ...
Mrs. Sarks
David Ravenswood ...
Stewart Faichney ...
Reverend Mortenbury
Diana Greentree ...
Mrs. Pickford
Ian Swan ...
Police Sergeant
Mark Perren Jones ...
Police Constable
Sally Plant ...
Student #1


Sam and Silvy are best friends. One night, as they are watching a falling star while floating on their backs in a lake, Sylvy disappears from his side. Despite his best efforts, he cannot find her under water. Many years later, Sam, now a psychologist, returns to bury his father. Back in his hometown, he meets a woman called Ruby who reminds him in so many ways of his lost love. Written by Ploy P.

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Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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12 September 2002 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Mistérios do Passado  »

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Opening Weekend:

$7,968 (USA) (21 February 2003)


$120,079 (USA) (9 May 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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The title is taken from the last line of the 1917 poem 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' by T.S. Eliot. It reads: "Till human voices wake us and we drown". See more »


As Sam slowly reaches over and closes his dead father's eyes, we can see his father's shirt rising and falling with his breathing See more »


Maurie Lewis: Most people like to hide from things. That retards the growth of the spirit, and pretty soon their mortal ears can't hear the soul flapping its wings, wanting to fly in the face of life. To dare! You understand? Well, you'll never be quite alive until you do.
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Much to do about Nothing (But Beautiful)
25 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK. It was a beautiful film. But holy jeez. It was so long, slow, and boring. I nearly went crazy.

They depicted a teen summer romance effectively, and also the aura of romance that permeates a teen life in a rural area. That was nice. Interestingly, the boy restrains himself from sexual advances. That's certainly unique for such a story.

But what the hell was wrong with the girls legs? Was it polio? So he takes her braces off and she is somehow treading water while holding his hand. Then she breaks away and drowns and he doesn't even notice or can't find her? What the hell? I guess they needed a talent like Pearce to convey the sadness of our protagonist with facial expressions. But that's pretty much all there was all film long. Sadness conveyed.

Cut it shorter, add a little more background and dialog, and ease up on the schmaltzy music.

Again, this was a visually beautiful film, but excruciating to get through.

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