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Till Human Voices Wake Us (2002)

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:
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Dr. Sam Franks
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Ruby
Frank Gallacher ...
Maurie Lewis
Lindley Joyner ...
Young Sam Franks
Brooke Harman ...
Silvy Lewis
Peter Curtin ...
Dr. David Franks
Margot Knight ...
Dorothy Lewis
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Russ
Dawn Klingberg ...
Mrs. Sarks
David Ravenswood ...
Lawyer
Stewart Faichney ...
Reverend Mortenbury
Diana Greentree ...
Mrs. Pickford
Ian Swan ...
Police Sergeant
Mark Perren Jones ...
Police Constable
Sally Plant ...
Student #1
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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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Sometimes the mysteries of your past find a way into your future. See more »

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

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12 September 2002 (Australia)  »

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Mistérios do Passado  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$120,079 (USA) (9 May 2003)
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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 »

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When Sam is telling Ruby her name, she is looking to her left. The film cuts to Sam and then back to Ruby and she is now looking to her right. See more »

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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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A sad tale of lost love
9 June 2013 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

I am a big fan of both Guy Pearce and Australian cinema so I was pleased to chance upon this film recently. Pearce plays a psychologist Dr Sam Franks who is haunted by a tragic past. A chance meeting with a stranger changes his life.

This a slow moving but engrossing story which flits back and forth from Sams childhood to the current day as we get to know what shaped him into a lonely and tortured soul. The film works equally well in both time periods as the pieces are put in place as it builds to an emotional ending.

The acting is excellent from all parties. I'm not Helena Bonham Carters biggest fan but she does a good job in this. Also impressive are the younger actors especially Lindley Joiner as the young Sam.

Till Human Voices Wake Us is a tragic tale of lost love and how this can deeply affect all of us. It won't appeal to everyone but for people who like well written drama this is well worth watching.


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