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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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Sometimes the mysteries of your past find a way into your future. 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, 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

As Sam slowly reaches over and closes his dead father's eyes, we can see his father's shirt rising and falling with his breathing 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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Sweet, sad movie that is surprisingly haunting.
9 October 2004 | by sweetiejaySee all my reviews

This movie is an under rated film that blends the past and present. It focuses on what is and what might have been, and what life would be like if we had the chance to correct our mistakes. Dr Sam Franks is a man who returns to his home town to bury his somewhat estranged father. On the way he rescues Ruby, an unknown woman who cannot remember who she is or why she is here. He takes her in, and she makes him remember memories he had tried to forget. We are revealed through painful, and sad flashbacks of terrible memories, what it is he had tried to forget. In the end it seems as though she was brought here, just to make him remember, so he could forgive and move on. A sad film, but beautiful at the same time. A line that would sum this film up would be - "She never was."


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