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The Secret Life of Words (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 21 October 2005 (Spain)
A hearing impaired factory worker gives up her first holiday in years and instead travels out to an oil rig, where she cares for a man suffering from severe burns.

Director:

Isabel Coixet

Writer:

Isabel Coixet

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Polley ... Hanna
Tim Robbins ... Josef
Sverre Anker Ousdal ... Dimitri (as Sverre Ousdal)
Javier Cámara ... Simon
Danny Cunningham Danny Cunningham ... Scott
Dean Lennox Kelly ... Liam (as Dean Lenox Kelly)
Daniel Mays ... Martin
Emmanuel Idowu Emmanuel Idowu ... Abdul
Eddie Marsan ... Victor
Steven Mackintosh ... Doctor Sulitzer
Julie Christie ... Inge
Reg Wilson ... Factory Manager
Leonor Watling ... Josef's Friend's Wife
Daphne Brown Daphne Brown ... Old Lady on Bus
Muriel Hobson Muriel Hobson ... Old Lady on Bus
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Storyline

Hannah, who wears a hearing aid, is forced to go on holiday. On holiday she manages to find a job: caring for Josef, a burn victim on an oil rig who temporarily lost his sight, until he's stable enough to be transferred. There is almost no one on the rig, except a cook, an oceanographer and a few others out at sea. Hannah tends to Josef and he slowly breaks her shell of silence. Written by Yonatan Doron (jrd@netvision.net.il)

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Spain | Ireland

Language:

English | Danish

Release Date:

21 October 2005 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Secret Life of Words See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,309, 17 December 2006

Gross USA:

$20,023

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,612,659
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The story about a nurse named Cora that Josef tells to Hanna is a short-story named "La señorita Cora" by argentinean writer Julio Cortázar from his book "Todos los fuegos el fuego". See more »

Goofs

When she arrives at the oil rig by helicopter, Hanna is not wearing a transit or immersion suit. Wearing this is obligatory when travelling to off-shore installations in the North Sea. See more »

Quotes

Victor: He doesn't like to be with the others. He's a loner, too.
Hanna: There are many of us.
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Connections

References Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964) See more »

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What a wonderful movie
4 November 2005 | by katkat00See all my reviews

I have seen the movie and I have to say its just beautiful, no its not the slow, easy going romantic love story....it is difficult, critical and poetic. there is no action, its just about those 2 people, who are lonely, and experienced things in their lives nobody could imagine. this movie makes you think, think about your life, about your love about the world.

i can recommend it to everybody, who likes little quiet movies, which touch you go watch it, the 2 main actors are brilliant. sarah polley plays here role, with a heartbreaking truth, tim robbins (susan sarandons husband) does a great job as well.


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