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Academy Award winner Tim Robbins stars in this compelling film from Pedro Almodovar, the renowned director of Volver and Talk to Her. Powerfully acted and critically acclaimed, The Secret Life of Words is a moving story about discovering love and hope when least expected. A wounded oil worker forms an unlikely and emotional relationship with a nurse based on his need to divulge the secrets of his past and her mysterious silence about her own identity. Jack Mathews of the New York Daily News calls it "remarkably compelling…one you won't soon forget."
In the Secret Life of Words, a wounded man and a hearing impaired woman forge an unlikely relationship that transcends romance. They reach an understanding that speaks as much for the affection they hold for one another, as it does their need to simply be recognized. Academy Award winner Tim Robbins (Bull Durham, The Shawshank Redemption) stars opposite Sarah Polley (The Sweet Hereafter) in this emotional drama directed and written by Isabel Coixet (who also collaborated with Polley in My Life Without Me). Polley plays Hanna, an emotionally-stilted factory worker who is forced to take a vacation. Instead of jetting off to the Caribbean or the South of France for some sun, Hanna opts for Northern Ireland where she is hired to work as an oil rig nurse, despite the fact that she may never have actually had any medical training. Robbins portrays Josef, a chatty burn victim who is left temporarily blind, but still has enough life in him to flirt with Hanna. She would rather turn down her hearing aid and make as little contact with others as possible. Slowly, the two share secrets and help each other recover--him physically, her emotionally. While the burgeoning love story is a bit implausible, the film does a good job in exploring two characters with complicated backgrounds. --Jae-Ha Kim
The slowly drawn-out tale of both of these people out on oil rig is very touching. I've seen this once before and wanted to see it again. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Cheela Baby
The best movie ever made about trauma and how it affects people. Just a wonderful story and film.Published 2 months ago by Storyteller
On an oil rig in the middle of the sea, a young woman with a difficult past is hired as a cook. She is the only woman on the rig, but manages to not get involved with the rest of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by mystery maven
A very realistic and life-changing love story between two characters who seem like regular, real people. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Susanne
What an amazing and beautiful movie. I feel richer for seeing it.. This movie brings to light the pain and deep guilt so many survivors of horrific events carry with them, Hannah... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cheryl L
A rarity of Tim Robbins - I first found this film at a library. It is moving and solemn and keeps your attention. I would recommendPublished 11 months ago by Jeanne C.