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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:

$20,678

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,410,058
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 99708 delivered on 9 March 2006. 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 The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo (1964) See more »

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Codicia
Written by Chop Suey
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Remarkable independent film
5 November 2005 | by paulscofield68See all my reviews

Those of you who have seen Isabel Coixet's first film- My Life without Me- shouldn't miss this one. Like that film, this has a tragic-romantic essence at its core. A very well-written script, with a handful of themes, superbly acted, and direction/editing/score/soundtrack all good to very good (at times excellent). Dense, literate, and increasingly absorbing. By no means your mainstream action flick; yet this movie should find a large audience in those who like 'independent films' (or 'European', for Americans). Filmed in Ireland (much shot indoors), and entirely in English. A very satisfying drama- I found it even better than 'l'Enfant', which took top prize at this past Cannes Film Festival. Both are highly recommended...enjoy.


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