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If You Could Say It in Words (2008)

 -  Romance  -  8 October 2008 (USA)
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An unapologetically romantic tale about an adulterous young woman struggling to rebuild her life and a painter suffering from undiagnosed Asperger's syndrome.

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Sadie Mitchell
Alvin Keith ...
Nelson Hodge
Gerry Lehane ...
Dr. Mark Gibson
Yvonne Woods ...
Julia Gibson
Suzanna Guzman ...
Maria Ramirez (as Susanna Guzman)
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Lucy
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Dr. Sid Meyers
McDonald Gray Jr. ...
Dr. Radison
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Justin
Lewis Korff ...
Nervous Patient
Richard Sands ...
Rushed Patient (as Richard 'Rico' Sands)
Susan Rosetti ...
Stargazer Lily
Steph Hayes ...
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The debut feature from A Chip & A Chair Films, IF YOU COULD SAY IT IN WORDS is an indelible, character-driven portrait of two very different but equally broken souls. Nelson is a painter with undiagnosed Asperger's Syndrome, struggling to complete a triptych on the theme of emotions he can only understand on an intellectual level. Sadie is a girl whose big-city dreams were dashed before she crawled home to Philadelphia, where she treads water at a job that's not her career, with a roommate who's not her friend and a bedmate who's not her lover. She is sleeping with her boss, Mark... which would come as a surprise to his wife. For Sadie and Nelson, a one-night stand turns into much more. For the first time, Nelson is overcome by the emotions that he paints. With him, Sadie is freed from the strains and pressures of day-to-day "real life." As the weeks go by, they come to share their secrets freely, but sharing feelings comes slower. Soon however, the jealousies and suspicions of others... Written by producers

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An unflinching romance,

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8 October 2008 (USA)  »

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The new edit for the DVD release happened while Gray recovered from shoulder surgery. For a few months, Gray could only move one arm and had planned to spend it catching up on movies he missed while on the festival circuit. But after watching the Joe Swanberg movie Nights and Weekends (2008), he got inspired to use the time to re-cut the movie on his home computer one-handed. See more »

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Nelson Hodge: The man, he had this look. Not just in his eyes, but around him. Hate seeped out of him. Tinted the air. It bent light like gravity. Until he was just this instrument of rage.
Sadie Mitchell: That's so scary. Don't even tell me that.
Nelson Hodge: ...no no... It was like nothing I'd ever seen before. That man gave himself over to God.
Sadie Mitchell: And God said, "Sic 'em"?
Nelson Hodge: It's like in church when somebody gets the Spirit and has to testify.
Sadie Mitchell: Doesn't happen in white church.
Nelson Hodge: No, I guess not.
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Nelson has the mildest form of Asperger's possible
24 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nelson has the mildest form of Asperger's possible and is NOT characteristic of typical Aspies. After having lived with a young adult male Aspie for years and enduring meltdowns, multi week to months long shut outs, infuriating procrastination, no follow through, broken promises, lies, complete inability to show compassion, inability to apologize, inability to organize, inability to multitask beyond internet addiction, etc...I was very bummed after the long awaited release of this movie to find a pretty normal Nelson being a loving, attentive boyfriend. If you live with an Aspie,or have been in a relationship with an aspie, you might not even recognize Nelson as one.


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