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Till Human Voices Wake Us (2002)

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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 ...
Lindley Joyner ...
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
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Police Constable
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 September 2002 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Mistérios do Passado  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,968, 23 February 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$120,079, 11 May 2003
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When first seen at the Scrabble board, Sam's face is in full light in the close-ups, but lit from his left with shadows on the right side of his face in the medium shot. 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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Amazing cinematography and lighting
18 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

As one who would like to make films some day, this film blew my mind as an example of superb cinematography and lighting, as well as balanced and subtle acting. Guy Pearce was a little rigid, but i haven't seen him in anything else, so that may have been an affectation of the morose and sombre character he was playing. Bonham Carter would be a dream to work with. She's a master of the art and has a sly dark, sexuality that i can't resist. I haven't yet, but i'll be searching out the cinematography and lighting credits and looking for more of the work of those fine technicians. Good work on a difficult and slow paced psychological drama.

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