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If You Could Say It in Words (2008)

Not Rated | | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerry Lehane ...
Dr. Mark Gibson
Julia Gibson
Baseball Fan
Baseball Fan
Dr. Sid Meyers
McDonald Gray Jr. ...
Dr. Radison
Lewis Korff ...
Nervous Patient
Richard Sands ...
Rushed Patient (as Richard 'Rico' Sands)
Susan Rosetti ...
Stargazer Lily
Steph Hayes ...
Stargazer Lily


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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$200,000 (estimated)
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The DVD version is a director's cut that differs significantly from the edit that played festivals. It has over 15 minutes of additional footage as well as a change in the tone of the movie. Writer-director Nicholas Gray said: "It was gussied up a little for the festival circuit. The original idea was very spare, and I wanted to fix that before it went out into the world on DVD forever." Prior to the DVD release, the director's cut had only been shown once at an autism awareness event for the Ministry of Health in Holland. See more »


Yankee Hater #1: How can you live here and be a Yankee fan?
Sadie Mitchell: I didn't always live here.
Yankee Hater #1: Well ya do now.
Sadie Mitchell: Phils are National League anyway, what do you care?
Yankee Hater #1: I hate the Yankees.
Sadie Mitchell: Okay, you're against the Yankees, who is your A.L. team?
Yankee Hater #2: Whoever's playing the Yankees.
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Nelson has the mildest form of Asperger's possible
24 November 2011 | by 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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