Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand.
Escalating events begin when U.N. interpreter Silvia Broome alleges that she has overheard a death threat against an African head of state, spoken in a rare dialect few people other than Silvia can understand. With the words "The Teacher will never leave this room alive," in an instant, Silvia's life is turned upside down as she becomes a hunted target of the killers. Placed under the protection of federal agent Tobin Keller, Silvia's world only grows more nightmarish. As Keller digs deeper into his eyewitnesses' past and her secretive world of global connections, the more suspicious he becomes that she herself might be involved in the conspiracy. With every step of the way, he finds more reasons to mistrust her. Is Sylvia a victim? A suspect? Or something else entirely? And can Tobin, coping with his own personal heartache, keep her safe? Though they must depend on one another, Silvia and Tobin couldn't be more different. Silvia's strengths are words, diplomacy and the subtleties of ...Written by
Sujit R. Varma
Sean Penn was originally not interested in doing this film after an overloaded work load that spanned several years that included an Oscar win for Mystic River and wanted to spend time with his then wife, Robin Wright and his family. He later took the role after being convinced by Director Sydney Pollack. This is the reason why he looks so tired and exhausted in moments throughout the film. See more »
When Silvia and Philippe meet at the park bench for the first time, a strand of hair across the middle of Philippe's forehead appears and reappears between shots as they talk. See more »
She wouldn't tell me her husband's name. She wouldn't even write it.
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I am in Greece and I just saw the Interpreter here. I read the book the Interpreter by Suzanne Glass a while back, and I was sure that this movie was inspired by her book. Well, now I know that it was! Her name is mentioned in the film credits. I thought the film was great, however they changed so much from the book which i had enjoyed immensely. Only the beginning of the film is exactly the same. Nicole Kidmans performance in the film is very strong although her South African accent could be better. Sean Penn, as usual, is dynamite.The most interesting thing for me was the insight into the world of interpreting which i had begun to understand by reading Glass's novel. It really is the most strenuous and demanding profession that i can imagine a person can enter into. I am sure this film will do extremely well in the united stated market. In my view, it is Oscar worthy and will certainly receive a few nominations.
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