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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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Storyline

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)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$20,023 (USA) (4 May 2007)
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Trivia

The contact lenses damaged Tim Robbins' eyes. An ophthalmologist has required on set for a few days to supervise because Robbins refused to take them off while shooting. 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

Simon: Hanna?
Hanna: What?
Simon: Nothing.
Simon: Hanna?
Hanna: What?
Simon: Nothing.
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Spoofed in Muchachada nui: Episode #4.3 (2010) See more »

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Hope There's Someone
Written by Antony Hegarty
Performed by Antony and the Johnsons
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Good and Underrated
11 June 2006 | by (Silver Lake, Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

Great performances, an original idea, good script - it's just a great movie, which nobody I know has seen.

I have no idea why this one didn't get better distribution, it certainly deserves it. The little quirks of the characters liven up the story, as does the interaction between Polley's disturbed nurse and Robbin's rough patient. Although you could see the ending coming a mile away, that was fine, as it seemed that was what was supposed to happen.

This is a good one when you're in the mood for a somewhat dark drama with romantic overtones. The romance doesn't get too much in the way of the drama, the drama doesn't go overboard into melodrama.


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