Dede is a sole parent trying to bring up her son Fred. When it is discovered that Fred is a genius, she is determined to ensure that Fred has all the opportunities that he needs, and that ... See full summary »
Nell is a girl who's been brought up in an isolated world. The only people she knew were her mother and twin sister. They lived together in a cottage in the forest. Nobody has ever met Nell. After her mother's death, she's discovered by the local doctor Jerome. He's fascinated by her, since she speaks a mangled language, developed by her sister and herself growing up, "twin speak" if you will. But Paula, a psychology student, wants her observed in a laboratory. The judge decides they get three months to observe her in the forest, after which he'll decide about Nell's future.Written by
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The lake Nell's cabin sits on is obviously an artificial one, likely produced by a dam built on a river. Inlets like hers, are the result of deep ravines in the landscape that fill up with water. The stone, which extend out into the water, and provide the setting for some of the film's more poignant moments, would never be found naturally in such an inlet; they would have been added for the film. See more »
Nell pronounces Jerry as "Jay/Jae" she should have used his named correctly because she was not physical speech impairment , her distorted language was due to way she learned the language from due to her mother's aphasia and hence the twin speak she developed with her sister. Any new word or name she would have heard would have been pronounced as such since she was not mentally challenged or autistic even. See more »
All the research shows that children who perceive their parents enjoying a good sex-life grow up to have far better sexual relationships themselves.
Is that so?
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I was fortunate enough to see the original production of the play, its emotional impact was as profound as any I have experienced in the theatre. It is perhaps for this reason that I was left somewhat disappointed with this film.
However, I recently looked at it again and found that it is truly a top film. Jodie Foster is a towering talent as an actor and this performance was as good or better than any she's given. Neeson and Richardson were also at the top of their game. And the story of a woman shut off from the world, and the world's perceptions of her, merely because she can't communicate to it, is profound in its implications.
I should not have been surprised about being disappointed the first time. I also saw a stage production in Los Angeles of IDIOGLOSSIA and found that disappointing after the original. But this film is a wonderful film.
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