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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.


Studio Universal
SKU 204154822
UPC 025195002813
UPC 14 00025195002813
Format DVD
Release Date 8/28/2011
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Esther Garcia - Producer
Irene Blecua - Editor
Isabel Coixet - Director
Isabel Coixet - Writer
Javier Camara - Actor
Jean-Claude Larrieu - Cinematographer
Julie Christie - Actor
Nigel Pollock - Art Director
Pedro Almodovar - Executive Producer
Pierre-Francois Limbosch - Production Designer
Sarah Polley - Actor
Tim Robbins - Actor
Winner (2005) Venice Film Festival, Isabel Coixet, Lina Mangiacapre Award
ReviewSource Eye Weekly
Review Adopting an Eastern European accent for the occasion, Sarah Polley re-teams with Isabel Coixet, the Spanish director of My Life Without Me, for another delicately wrought drama marred by an air of preciousness but distinguished by a number of deeply affecting scenes...Since John Berger's classic meditation on visual art Ways of Seeing and the anonymous 17th-century curio Letters of a Portuguese Nun -- as well as the very act of storytelling -- take on such significance in Coixet's story, her sensibility arguably remains more literary than cinematic. There are also moments when the dialogue seems too self-consciously eloquent and the images too lyrical. (Who knew life on an oil rig could be so idyllic?) Yet the film gains power and urgency as Hanna and Josef show more of themselves. Both Polley and Robbins have rarely been better as their characters go beyond what words can express.
Reviewer Jason Anderson
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review There may be no young actress today better at embodying a blend of wounded innocence and stoic pride than Sarah Polley. In "The Secret Life of Words," she has a part worthy of her gifts...Robbins is a fine and resourceful actor, but the tiny Polley towers over him here because she has given Hanna such a well-developed inner life. Josef, by contrast, isn't as fully realized. When Josef decides he's fallen for Hanna, the film takes a turn that strains credibility...Far more convincing is Julie Christie, in a small but pivotal part as a social worker who played a key role in Hanna's past. There's also a superb soundtrack, with music from David Byrne and Tom Waits, among others.
Reviewer Lael Loewenstein
ReviewRating 9
DVD, English, French, Spanish, Widescreen
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Jonathan Holland, Variety ...Polley gives a wonderfully searching The Secret Life of Words, a compellingly claustrophobic drama...
Ken Fox, TV Guide important and timely reminder about the fate of torture victims...a touching and beautifully acted melodrama...
Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic ...Coixet has made her film less as a drama than as the traversal of a state of mind, a mood.
Stephen Holden, The New York Times Powerful...evocative.
V.A. Musetto, New York Post ...thoughtful performances by Polley and Robbins.

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