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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

Writer:

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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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

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

Sam's father has a plaque outside his surgery noting him as an 'M.D.'. In Australia, doctors receive the post-nominals 'M.B., B.S.' (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery). A doctor with a M.D. has received a much higher degree and is unlikely to be practising as a General Practitioner. 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 dream taking over a life
1 December 2004 | by HariElwingShaymSee all my reviews

I watched this movie on television while it was running several times one month. The first time I watched it, I got antsy and changed the channel back and forth. I wound up watching it in its entirety several times later on. It is a haunting, intriguing film. Guy Pearce, of course, is extraordinary and so is Helena BC. I see it as a portrayal of a tortured soul who is still in shock from a momentary incident which altered his existence forever. One moment he is an innocent boy and the next he is suppressing a nightmare he cannot come to terms with for half his adult life.

Once he allows himself to live the entire scenario with all the memories and the what if's, when he allows the ghost to be free, the tortured soul is also released. A beautiful, poetic and memorable film.


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