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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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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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Storyline

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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There will be time to wonder "do I dare" See more »

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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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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 dream taking over a life
1 December 2004 | by (Phoenix, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie on television while it was running several times one month. The first time I watched it, I got antsy and changed the channel back and forth. I wound up watching it in its entirety several times later on. It is a haunting, intriguing film. Guy Pearce, of course, is extraordinary and so is Helena BC. I see it as a portrayal of a tortured soul who is still in shock from a momentary incident which altered his existence forever. One moment he is an innocent boy and the next he is suppressing a nightmare he cannot come to terms with for half his adult life.

Once he allows himself to live the entire scenario with all the memories and the what if's, when he allows the ghost to be free, the tortured soul is also released. A beautiful, poetic and memorable film.


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