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The Secret Life of Words (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 21 October 2005 (Spain)
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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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,309 (USA) (17 December 2006)

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$20,023 (USA) (6 May 2007)
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Isabel Coixet wrote the role of Hannah with 'Sarah Polley' in mind. 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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References Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964) See more »

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Written & Performed by Paolo Conte
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Outstanding! Isabel has done it again!
23 October 2005 | by (Barcelona, Spain) – See all my reviews

What a remarkable film! "The Secret Life of Words" grows on you little by little, at a steady and constant relaxed pace, throwing at you intriguing images and sounds from the very beginning that will get you hooked wondering until the very end.

Isabel has done it again, an emotional "rollercoaster" that gets to you in a devastating way. We needed this movie!

This movie could have been called "The Forgotten". Why we prejudice people we don't know simply because they behave differently, in ways we do not understand? How come we pretend to understand certain things that we cannot even imagine to be happening in the world?

The story of Hannah is the story of the millions that have been forgotten, but that walk with us every day.

Subtle and brilliant. Fine and devastating.

My admiration to Isabel for her bravery and talent. A terrific next film after "My Life Without Me".

The cast is wonderful! Sarah Polley and Tim Robbins are absolutely fantastic. What a performance! Julie Christie is great too (she sure got the great lines!). Thank you, thank you all.

Entertaining in a meaningful way.

Absolutely recommendable!

All the best to your film Isabel!!

Nico


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