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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)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$20,023 (USA) (4 May 2007)
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Even though they knew when they were cast that their characters had a homosexual romantic relationship, Isabel Coixet said that the actors were really reluctant to kiss when shooting the scene, so she had to filmed it the way you see in the movie. See more »

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In order to fly out to the rig, Hanna would have had to do a three-day off-shore survival course. There seems to be no indication that she does this in the film. 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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You've Made Me So Very Happy
Written by Berry Gordy, Frank Wilson, Brenda Holloway and Patrice Holloway
Performed by Blood Sweat & Tears
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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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