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The Secret Life of Words

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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