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Director Fred Schepisi’s compelling melodrama about two teachers at a Maine prep school who battle each other and their own demons satisfies not only for the story but also because of the undisputed chemistry of the two perfect leads.
Clive Owen is Jack Marcus, an aggressive, gifted, honors English teacher who preaches the power of the written – and spoken – word. For a while, he manages to hide his serious drinking problem that threatens to destroy his world. When Juliet Binoche’s Dina Delsanto the new art teacher arrives, Marcus is energized and soon there’s an open debate in the school about whether words or pictures have the greater power. It’s a battle between the dominance of the left and right brain. Delsanto is already an acclaimed abstract artist, but she no longer paints because of painful, crippling rheumatoid arthritis. But soon she is forced to paint again when the war between the two teachers becomes a school-wide event.
One of the most amazing scenes in the film is crippled Delsanto painting in a way that cleverly allows her to spread paint as she wishes on a large flat canvas. (In actual fact, Binoche is an accomplished artist and what she paints in the film is her striking original art.)
Gerald Di Pago’s original script is richly detailed and tight. And it stays on track. What a welcome relief to idiotically flat so-called romantic comedies like Adam Sandler’s BLENDED. Di Pago is a veteran screenwriter (he wrote the cult fave SHARKEY’S MACHINE).Read more ›
Eventually the story spins into a much more serious personal one, moving out of the territory of snide romantic comedy into the deep personal problems the male English teacher and female art teacher have.Read more ›
The other reviews say what the storyline is- I can only say this movie is one not to miss.
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It was ok, found myself dosing off at times and didn't keep my attention.Published 4 days ago by VC
This is a strong 4....it is a really good movie with a lot of heart....the play on words in this movie made it worth watching again!Published 4 days ago by Lauren Yeamans Cordova
Crisp intelligent and engaging dialogue, nothing trite about it. Two deeply flawed characters attracted to one another.Published 6 days ago by Ben W. Washburn
I loved this movie. It had my focus the entire time. Would watch it again!Published 6 days ago by Mindy Sellers
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