Words and Pictures (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  17 July 2014 (Australia)
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An art instructor and an English teacher form a rivalry that ends up with a competition at their school in which students decide whether words or pictures are more important.



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A flamboyant English teacher (Clive Owen) and a new, stoic art teacher (Juliette Binoche) collide at an upscale prep school. A high-spirited courtship begins and she finds herself enjoying the battle. Another battle they begin has the students trying to prove which is more powerful, the word or the picture. But the true war is against their own demons, as two troubled souls struggle for connection. Written by Anonymous

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Is a man worth more than his words, a woman worth more than her pictures?


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual material including nude sketches, language and some mature thematic material | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Apropó szerelem  »

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Opening Weekend:

$78,200 (USA) (30 May 2014)


$2,166,206 (USA) (15 August 2014)

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The paintings by Dina Delsanto used in the film were all painted by Juliette Binoche. See more »


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Written & Performed by Paul Grabowsky
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This movie has the type of educational influence along the lines of Dead Poet's Society or Mr. Holland's Opus. I loved It.
7 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"A picture is worth a thousand words." Jack Marcus (Owen) is an English teacher that has a slight alcohol problem and is in danger of losing his job. The school hires Dina Delsanto (Binoche) a famous artist that has her own struggles she is dealing with to teach art. What starts off as a harmless comment about words being lies soon becomes a war between words and pictures. The teachers drag their students into the battle which end up helping everyone involved. This is a perfect example of don't judge a book (or in this case movie) by its cover. Going in I was expecting a cheesy romantic comedy that has been done over and over. While this did have the romance aspect this dealt much more with education. Clive Owen plays a teacher that the kids love but the administration hates. He does things his own way and actually gets through to the kids. Binoche's character is angry at having to teach but still makes a connection with the students. The movie is a back and forth argument over which has more power words or pictures with great arguments for both sides. This movie has the type of educational influence that movies along the lines of Dead Poet's Society or Mr. Holland's Opus has. This is a huge surprise of a movie that I just can not say enough about. One of the better movies of the year and I highly recommend this. Overall, if you like inspirational movies about education then check this out. I loved it. I give this an A-.

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