MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 811 this week

The Sleeping Dictionary (2003)

6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 6,154 users  
Reviews: 53 user | 8 critic

John Truscott goes to Borneo to work with the Iban. He reports to Henry Bullard, who gives him a "sleeping dictionary"--one of the locals who teaches him the local language and culture. And... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.00 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - The One I Love

Interview with Charlie McDowell and Mark Duplass


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 42 titles
created 26 Jul 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 03 Aug 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 28 Sep 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 28 Mar 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Sleeping Dictionary (2003)

The Sleeping Dictionary (2003) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Sleeping Dictionary.
4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Tempo (2003)
Romance | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Jenny, a young American woman, moves to Paris and gets involved with Jack, who is seemingly the man of her dreams. However, he has a lot to hide and Jenny quickly gets entangled his dangerous lifestyle.

Director: Eric Styles
Stars: Melanie Griffith, Rachael Leigh Cook, Hugh Dancy
Paranoid I (2000)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

The stressed top model Chloe is invited by an acquaintance to a dinner party with some friends of his in a house far from London. She faints and when she wakes up, everybody has left the ... See full summary »

Director: John Duigan
Stars: Jessica Alba, Iain Glen, Jeanne Tripplehorn
Venus Rising (1995)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  
Directors: Leora Barish, Edgar Michael Bravo
Stars: Jessica Alba, Henry Bean, Dennis Dun
Coach (Video 2010)
Comedy | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A slacker trust-fund type finds the motivation to pick up a job as the coach of middle school soccer team.

Director: Will Frears
Stars: Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Gutierrez, Liane Balaban
Honey (2003)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Honey is a sexy, tough music video choreographer who shakes up her life after her mentor gives her an ultimatum: sleep with him or be blacklisted within their industry.

Director: Bille Woodruff
Stars: Jessica Alba, Mekhi Phifer, Romeo Miller
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two brothers need household help after their Ma passes away. They decide to join a romance tour to Russia to find and bring home a traditionally minded wife.

Director: Helmut Schleppi
Stars: David Arquette, Tim Blake Nelson, Emily Mortimer
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In April 1994, after the airplane of the Hutu President of Rwanda is shot down, the Hutu militias slaughter the Tutsi population. In the Ecole Technique Officielle, the Catholic priest ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Stars: John Hurt, Hugh Dancy, Dominique Horwitz
Into the Blue (2005)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A group of divers find themselves in deep trouble with a drug lord after they come upon the illicit cargo of a sunken airplane.

Director: John Stockwell
Stars: Paul Walker, Jessica Alba, Scott Caan
Savage Grace (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A dramatization of the shocking Barbara Daly Baekeland murder case, which happened in a posh London flat on Friday 17 November 1972. The bloody crime caused a stir on both sides of the Atlantic and remains one of the most memorable American Tragedies...

Director: Tom Kalin
Stars: Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Stephen Dillane
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A young teenage werewolf (Bruckner) is torn between honoring her family's secret and her love for a man (Dancy).

Director: Katja von Garnier
Stars: Agnes Bruckner, Hugh Dancy, Olivier Martinez
The Ten (2007)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Ten stories, each inspired by one of the ten commandments.

Director: David Wain
Stars: Paul Rudd, Jessica Alba, Winona Ryder
Young Blades (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Director: Mario Andreacchio
Stars: Hugh Dancy, Sarah-Jane Potts, Scott Hickman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Christopher Ling Lee Ian ...
...
Michael Jessing Langgi ...
Mano Maniam ...
...
...
Cicilia Anak Richard ...
Malcolm Rogers ...
Eugene Salleh ...
...
Kate Helen White ...
Edit

Storyline

John Truscott goes to Borneo to work with the Iban. He reports to Henry Bullard, who gives him a "sleeping dictionary"--one of the locals who teaches him the local language and culture. And who he gives John is Selima. And while teaching him, John finds himself attracted to her. And we says it's not allowed, both the locals and Bullard forbid him to be in a relationship with Selima. But he defies them which has dire consequences. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Learn to speak her language.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

31 January 2003 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Kärlekens lexikon  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jessica Alba said that she disliked this film and her performance in it. See more »

Goofs

When Selima and Truscott are given the turquoise bracelets, she takes Truscott's off and wears it. In the next shot, she gives him hers but she's still holding his. See more »

Quotes

Henry: Iban society is based on heavy drinking, violent sport and practical jokes. Just think of it as English public school, without the buggery.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)
Written by Brooks Bowman
Performed by Mary Carewe
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Classic Love vs Tradition Story
29 June 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this film after reading the reviews made by others here and i have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it even if I am, outwardly, the perfect example of emotionally repressed male.

Firstly, it isn't going to win Oscars for anything really but that really isn't the point at all and nor should it be. It's a gentle, almost passive, love story that focuses in on the characters but uses their respective backgrounds and the limitations of their society's expectations as a character in its own right. All set in a time and place sufficiently remote to suspend disbelief, but close enough, to enable the viewer to relate.

It's well written, directed, filmed and acted with the actors delivering more than adequate performances that are sufficient to actually care what happens to them.

For the repressed male, like me, who is considering watching this film out of duty to his girlfriend, don't be disheartened you will most likely enjoy it if you allow yourself to. If nothing else the lovely Jessica Alba continues to enchant the male audience with nothing but her screen presence and in some scenes her lack of clothes.

For the female and non-repressed males, I recommend this film to you, not as classic but a sweet, enchanting and humorous love story. You will no doubt only watch the film once but then repeated viewings will add little.

It is what it is and nothing more but for a film of this type that's all it should be and that's all it tries to be.

For this reason and this reason only I gave this film 9/10 for they achieved what they set out to achieve


22 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Jess's slangs sounded weird deburrapink
Geography stellan hult
How the heck Filmjack3 saw this movie? dahmanone
What a wasted expense kathy2
ending roswellgirl0616
Isn't it from 2001? major_mistake
Discuss The Sleeping Dictionary (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page