Missy Schwartz
May 04, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Secret Life of Words

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
115 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/14/02
performer
Sarah Polley, Tim Robbins, Javier Camara
director
Isabel Coixet
distributor
Strand Releasing
author
Isabel Coixet
genre
Drama

We gave it a B

In the grayest corner of England, a reclusive foreigner (Sarah Polley) silently clocks in and out of a factory. She lives alone. She is hearing-impaired. And when she volunteers to care for a burn victim (Tim Robbins) on an oil rig, we learn that she was once a nurse. Polley conveys a quiet sorrow as a damaged, haunted woman in The Secret Life of Words, and in a key scene explaining her character’s past, she is truly devastating. If only it didn’t take a painstaking 80 minutes to get there. EXTRAS None. B

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