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The Secret Life of Words (2005)

A hearing impaired factory worker gives up her first holiday in years and instead travels out to an oil rig, where she cares for a man suffering from severe burns.

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Hannah, who wears a hearing aid, is forced to go on holiday. On holiday she manages to find a job: caring for Josef, a burn victim on an oil rig who temporarily lost his sight, until he's stable enough to be transferred. There is almost no one on the rig, except a cook, an oceanographer and a few others out at sea. Hannah tends to Josef and he slowly breaks her shell of silence. Written by Yonatan Doron (jrd@netvision.net.il)

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21 October 2005 (Spain)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,309 (USA) (15 December 2006)

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$20,023 (USA) (4 May 2007)
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The oil rig used was the Borgholm Dolphin rig that was docked in Belfast at the time. See more »

Goofs

When she arrives at the oil rig by helicopter, Hanna is not wearing a transit or immersion suit. Wearing this is obligatory when travelling to off-shore installations in the North Sea. See more »

Quotes

Josef: I thought um, you and I, maybe we could go away somewhere. Together. One of these days. Today. Right now. Come with me.
Hanna: No, I don't think that's going to be possible.
Josef: Why not?
Hanna: Um, because I think that if we go away to someplace together, I'm afraid that, ah, one day, maybe not today, maybe, maybe not tomorrow either, but one day suddenly, I may begin to cry and cry so very much that nothing or nobody can stop me and the tears will fill the room and I won't be able to breath and I will pull you ...
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Coming Back Down to Earth
Written by Steve Coates
Performed by The Real Tuesday
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Touching and smart
2 November 2005 | by (Barcelona) – See all my reviews

Two persons trying to cope with the past: a splendid Sarah Polley and (as always) a great Tim Robbins. This is a smart and very interesting film about the way we try to escape from the past: with love and with words (and with silences). I also enjoyed the rest of the characters: it is amazing how they are described with small details here and there, and you finish the movie wanting to know more about the rest of the cast. Isabel Coixet did a splendid work here of portrayal of the more inner parts of the human soul. Please check the music of the film, the selection is really good and all the songs fit brilliantly in the plot of the film.


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