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Till Human Voices Wake Us (2002)

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A man returns to Victoria, Australia, where he grew up, and encounters a mysterious woman who reminds him of someone he once knew.

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Michael Petroni

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Michael Petroni
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Pearce ... Dr. Sam Franks
Helena Bonham Carter ... Ruby
Frank Gallacher Frank Gallacher ... Maurie Lewis
Lindley Joyner Lindley Joyner ... Young Sam Franks
Brooke Harman ... Silvy Lewis
Peter Curtin Peter Curtin ... Dr. David Franks
Margot Knight Margot Knight ... Dorothy Lewis
Anthony Martin Anthony Martin ... Russ
Dawn Klingberg ... Mrs. Sarks
David Ravenswood David Ravenswood ... Lawyer
Stewart Faichney Stewart Faichney ... Reverend Mortenbury
Diana Greentree Diana Greentree ... Mrs. Pickford
Ian Swan Ian Swan ... Police Sergeant
Mark Perren Jones Mark Perren Jones ... Police Constable
Sally Plant Sally Plant ... Student #1
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Storyline

Sam and Silvy are best friends. One night, as they are watching a falling star while floating on their backs in a lake, Sylvy disappears from his side. Despite his best efforts, he cannot find her under water. Many years later, Sam, now a psychologist, returns to bury his father. Back in his hometown, he meets a woman called Ruby who reminds him in so many ways of his lost love. Written by Ploy P.

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There will be time to wonder "do I dare" See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 2002 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Mistérios do Passado See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,968, 23 February 2003

Gross USA:

$120,601

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$157,720
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Cinevex)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The title is taken from the last line of the 1917 poem 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' by T.S. Eliot. It reads: "Till human voices wake us and we drown". See more »

Goofs

When Sam and Ruby look at their reflections in the big window, Sam's face is partly shadowed in the reflection but when the shot is on him his face is fully lit with no shadows. See more »

Quotes

Silvy Lewis: If moths are attracted to the light, why don't they come out in the day?
Young Sam Franks: ...guess in the day, light comes to them.
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Alternate Versions

-Minor Spoilers* The film was dramatically reworked for the international version (ie. American release) due to pressure by its distributor who felt the stars needed to appear before their original appearance nearly 35 minutes into the film. Under supervision by the director Michael Petroni, the entire film structure has been altered using some unused footage (that doesn't otherwise appear in the original Australian cut) and trimming nearly 5 minutes of footage in order to introduce the adult Sam character (Guy Pearce) at the beginning of the film rather than a half and hour into it. Flashbacks are then implored from the original 35 minutes of the Australian cut for the Young Sam and Silvy scenes. Additionally, Dale Cornelius' original music score has almost entirely been replaced by an orchestral score written by Amotz Plessner. The results ultimately lead to two very different approached to the material with different tones. The original, director intended, version plays more like a romantic drama with a past/present connection whilst the international cut has been reworked to play more as a mystery with possible supernatural undertones.
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A Beautiful, Beautiful Film
11 September 2002 | by michlamSee all my reviews

I am not one to write comments on films on many occasions but I recently saw this movie and it touched me so much that I felt compelled to comment on the film.

"Till Human Voices Wake Us" was beautiful in it's imagery and cinematography, music, acting and writing. It had so many themes which resonated with me on such a deep level. Themes such as look at how we deal with traumas in our life and how they impact on who we become as an adult. Themes about looking at the patterns of behaviour passed down from generation to generation and the huge difficulty in breaking those patterns. Perhaps most important to me was the message that you have to work through your past in a positive way so that you can be free to live your future.

The characters were so beautifully created and the subtlety of the performances was just so moving. It's amazing how a glance or a breath can convey so many words and feelings.

I thoroughly loved this film and its images, themes and lyrical beauty have come back to me again and again since seeing the film. Thank you to all involved for providing me with such a wonderful experience.


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