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      The Secret Life of Words

      Released Dec 16, 2005 1 hr. 52 min. Drama List
      69% 39 Reviews Tomatometer 86% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score A solitary nurse (Sarah Polley) bonds with a badly burned patient (Tim Robbins) who survived an accident on an oil rig. Read More Read Less
      The Secret Life of Words

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      Critics Consensus

      The Secret Life of Words is a slow, mannered drama, but with a revelatory and powerful ending that rewards the patient viewer.

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      Fra B If the movie gives me a chance to avoid connecting with the real pain and the real suffering of the characters, I'm probably gonna take it. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/09/21 Full Review Audience Member It's a wonderful film. I feel lucky to have sent it on the big screen. You don't see many like this any more. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member a difficult story to tell, counted with powerful images Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Wounds of mind are always more difficult to heal than those of flesh. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member In the middle of story, it seems to be so forced. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member The film succeeds mainly as a story of the connective, regenerative tissue between words and silence on the level strength of its listeners Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Melissa Anderson Time Out Rated: 2/6 Sep 22, 2007 Full Review Frank Scheck Hollywood Reporter The claustrophobic and artificial atmosphere of the setting is unfortunately matched by the equally artificial drama. Dec 30, 2006 Full Review Ella Taylor L.A. Weekly What pleasure there is to be wrung from the exceptionally banal The Secret Life of Words lies in the harsh, unforgiving beauty (lyrically shot by Jean-Claude Larrieu) and wonderfully strange social life of the isolated rig. Dec 22, 2006 Full Review Jean-François Vandeuren Panorama Un parcours vers une existence un peu plus normale que Coixet illustre avec tact et simplicit en tirant merveilleusement profit de l'immense talent de ses deux interprtes Rated: 7/10 Jan 29, 2010 Full Review Andrew L. Urban Urban Cinefile Heartache is guaranteed. And so it is in The Secret Life of Words, a strangely beautiful film about an ugly memory that Hanna (Sarah Polley) carries for the rest of her life Jul 25, 2008 Full Review Walter Chaw Film Freak Central Can't resist the meaningful political backstory that will transform her characters into symbols--that is, into ventriloquist dummies rattling off humdrum rhetoric. Rated: 1.5/4 May 3, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A solitary nurse (Sarah Polley) bonds with a badly burned patient (Tim Robbins) who survived an accident on an oil rig.
      Isabel Coixet
      Isabel Coixet
      Production Co
      El Deseo S.A.
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 16, 2005, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 8, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Digital