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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 ... Russ
Dawn Klingberg 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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$120,079, 11 May 2003
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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 first seen at the Scrabble board, Sam's face is in full light in the close-ups, but lit from his left with shadows on the right side of his face in the medium shot. See more »

Quotes

Maurie Lewis: Most people like to hide from things. That retards the growth of the spirit, and pretty soon their mortal ears can't hear the soul flapping its wings, wanting to fly in the face of life. To dare! You understand? Well, you'll never be quite alive until you do.
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The Perfect Elegiac Dream Film
12 March 2008 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This is a magnificent triumph of film-making. Why is it that five years later, the writer and director Michael Petroni has not made another feature film? Is there no justice at all in the world? Everything about this film, the mood, the pace, the beautiful and sensitive cinematography, the music, the writing, the direction, and the acting are uniformly superb. No one with any sensitivity could fail to be moved by this dreamlike excursion into memory, remorse, and loss. This film deals with 'atonement' more profoundly than the film of that title which has just been made. Helena Bonham Carter gives one of the most memorable and inspired performances of her entire career in this film. Guy Pearce, who was so wonderful in 'Memento' (2000), here is even better. The teenaged boy and girl are played by Lindley Joyner and Brooke Harmon respectively, and they are spellbinding and delightfully refreshing and charming. (The boy has never made a film since, and one wonders why.) The boy's father, a man paralyzed in his emotions, is played with total conviction by Peter Curtin. His silence is eloquent, and so is Guy Pearce's. This film deals with silence, with dreaming, with visions, with memory. It is not in any way a 'supernatural film' in the conventional sense, and anyone hungry for poltergeists and demons should look elsewhere. This film is very sad, because it deals so profoundly with guilt and loss. It touches the deepest reaches of our psyches, it is a true work of art, and has a master's brush strokes on every frame.


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