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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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holiday | oil rig | factory | burn | cook | See more »

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21 October 2005 (Spain)  »

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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)
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The story about a nurse named Cora that Josef tells to Hanna is a short-story named "La señorita Cora" by argentinean writer Julio Cortázar from his book "Todos los fuegos el fuego". See more »

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If an employee requires medical treatment on an off-shore installation he would immediately be evacuated off. See more »

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Simon: Hanna?
Hanna: What?
Simon: Nothing.
Simon: Hanna?
Hanna: What?
Simon: Nothing.
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References Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964) See more »

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Written by Marie Minier, Jean Rouaud and Art Mengo (as Michel Armengot)
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This film just screened as part of Brisbane International Film festival (Australia). I was truly devastated.
11 August 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I understand the commentary about the revelation of pain but the most significant 'lesson' for me was the insidious horror of war - in a film without bloodshed - and obviously the lingering effects of man's inhumanity to man. The slow reveal of the characters' backgrounds crept up on me and to my surprise left me absolutely gutted at the film's conclusion -and for some time after. I was left with a feeling of emotional and physical grief that i have not felt since my father died

  • the uncontrollable tide of internal pain. While a completely


different genre, it reminded me of Sophie's Choice but in comparison made Streep's horror look like a walk in the park. Polley is amazing. What human's do to each other is tragic beyond description. And yet, we continue to torture our fellow humans and apparently fail to learn from our mistakes.


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