MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 11,901 this week

The Secret Life of Words (2005)

7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 9,510 users   Metascore: 68/100
Reviews: 51 user | 68 critic | 11 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 32 titles
created 04 Apr 2011
 
a list of 53 titles
created 27 May 2011
 
a list of 44 titles
created 18 Sep 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 10 months ago
 
list image
a list of 40 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Secret Life of Words (2005)

The Secret Life of Words (2005) on IMDb 7.6/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Secret Life of Words.
24 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A young woman conceals the fact of her terminal cancer to live her life with a passion she never had before.

Director: Isabel Coixet
Stars: Sarah Polley, Scott Speedman, Mark Ruffalo
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Ann's boyfriend calls her from Prague. Twenty-five days after leaving her at the airport, he confesses he does not love her any more and that he is with another girl. Ann calls a telephone ... See full summary »

Director: Isabel Coixet
Stars: Andrew McCarthy, Lili Taylor, Peggy West
Elegy I (2008)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Cultural critic David Kepesh finds his life -- which he indicates is a state of "emancipated manhood" -- thrown into tragic disarray by Consuela Castillo, a well-mannered student who awakens a sense of sexual possessiveness in her teacher.

Director: Isabel Coixet
Stars: Ben Kingsley, Penélope Cruz, Patricia Clarkson
Catch a Fire (2006)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A drama about terrorism in Apartheid-era South Africa, revolving around a policeman and a young man who carries out solo attacks against the regime.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Derek Luke, Tim Robbins, Bonnie Henna
Noise II (2007)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A man who is being driven crazy by the noise in New York City decides to take vigilante action against it.

Director: Henry Bean
Stars: Tim Robbins, William Hurt, Bridget Moynahan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Director: Isabel Coixet
Stars: Javier Cámara, Candela Peña, Tamara Cunill
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A dramatic thriller that centers on a fish-market employee who doubles as a contract killer.

Director: Isabel Coixet
Stars: Rinko Kikuchi, Sergi López, Min Tanaka
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A secret and deep passion marks the life of a young doctor, and threatens the existence of those around him.

Director: Isabel Coixet
Stars: Julio Núñez, Patxi Freytez, Olalla Moreno
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Isabel Coixet
Stars: Gerardo Arenas, Emma Suárez, Emilio Lain
Marlango (Video 2004)
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Directors: Isabel Coixet, Rafa Sañudo
Stars: Alejandro Pelayo, Leonor Watling, Óscar Ybarra
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Isabel Coixet
Stars: Baltasar Garzón, Manuel Rivas
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Sverre Anker Ousdal ...
Dimitri (as Sverre Ousdal)
...
Danny Cunningham ...
Dean Lennox Kelly ...
Liam (as Dean Lenox Kelly)
...
Emmanuel Idowu ...
...
...
...
...
Factory Manager
...
Josef's friend's wife
Daphne Brown ...
Muriel Hobson ...
Edit

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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

love | holiday | oil rig | factory | burn | See All (128) »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

21 October 2005 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

The Secret Life of Words  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$20,023 (USA) (4 May 2007)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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. 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 ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Muchachada nui: Episode #4.3 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Hope There's Someone
Written by Antony Hegarty
Performed by Antony and the Johnsons
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

What a wonderful movie
4 November 2005 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

I have seen the movie and I have to say its just beautiful, no its not the slow, easy going romantic love story....it is difficult, critical and poetic. there is no action, its just about those 2 people, who are lonely, and experienced things in their lives nobody could imagine. this movie makes you think, think about your life, about your love about the world.

i can recommend it to everybody, who likes little quiet movies, which touch you go watch it, the 2 main actors are brilliant. sarah polley plays here role, with a heartbreaking truth, tim robbins (susan sarandons husband) does a great job as well.


40 of 53 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The little girl? boubs
how??? pmcope
Why Spanish title? apcuk
soundtrack perezj-3
Mistakes concerning Denmark Bikrola
The English Patient??? hobbitsmoocher
Discuss The Secret Life of Words (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?