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The secret life of words - Sarah Polley, Tim Robbins, Julie Christie, Isabel Coixet

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Movie propaganda

The secret life of words, Isabel Coixet`s intensely perceptive, cathartic love story, is about the need for human interdependence and the power of silence and speech to transcend trauma.

Hanna (Sarah Polley), a mysterious young nurse, accepts a job caring for Josef (Tim Robbins), a burn victim, on an oil rig in the Irish Sea. As Hanna tends to Josef`s wounds, it soon becomes clear he`s desperate to divulge secrets-as if words and transparency will free him from his sightless, immobile state. Meanwhile, Hanna remains protectively silent, listening but revealing little. Incrementally, a sense of mutual recognition and empathy unfolds between them, gently evaporating shields of distrust and cynicism.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama romance nurse burn patient oil rig Spain Irish Sea

Persons of interest

  • Sarah Polley .... Hanna
  • Tim Robbins .... Josef
  • Javier Cámara .... Simon
  • Sverre Anker Ousdal .... Dimitri
  • Steven Mackintosh .... Doctor Sulitzer
  • Eddie Marsan .... Victor
  • Julie Christie .... Inge
  • Daniel Mays .... Martin
  • Dean Lennox Kelly .... Liam
  • Danny Cunningham .... Scott
  • Emmanuel Idowu .... Abdul
  • Reg Wilson .... Manager
  • Peter Wright .... Dullman
  • Isabel Coixet .... Screenwriter
  • Isabel Coixet .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • The secret life of words official movie site
  • The secret life of words film production notes
  • The secret life of words QuickTime movie trailers
  • Awards and film festivals:
    • ADIRCAE Awards 2006: Won: Best Director (Isabel Coixet), Best Performance in a Leading Role (Tim Robbins)
    • Butaca Awards 2006: Won: Best Catalan Film (Isabel Coixet)
    • Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain 2006: Won: Best Cinematography (Jean-Claude Larrieu), Best Director (Isabel Coixet), Best Film, Best Screenplay, Original (Isabel Coixet); Nominated: Best Actor (Tim Robbins), Best Actress (Sarah Polley), Best Editing (Irene Blecua), Best Supporting Actor (Javier Cámara)
    • European Film Awards 2006: Nominated: Best Actress (Sarah Polley)
    • Fotogramas de Plata 2006: Won: Best Film (Isabel Coixet)
    • Goya Awards 2006: Won: Best Director (Isabel Coixet), Best Film, Best Production Supervision (Esther García), Best Screenplay - Original (Isabel Coixet); Nominated: Best Supporting Actor (Javier Cámara)
    • Sant Jordi Awards 2006: Won: Audience Award Best Film (Isabel Coixet), Best Film (Isabel Coixet)
    • Spanish Actors Union 2006: Nominated: Performance in a Minor Role, Male (Javier Cámara)
    • Turia Awards 2006: Won: Best Spanish Film (Isabel Coixet)
    • Venice Film Festival 2005: Won: Lina Mangiacapre Award (Isabel Coixet)
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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

The drama, romance movie The secret life of words is directed by Isabel Coixet and stars Sarah Polley, Tim Robbins, Julie Christie.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Trailer: Theatrical

Government security censorship classification

M (Moderate themes and coarse language)

Surveillance time

115 minutes (1:55 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: Undated 2007
DVD rental: 11 June 2008
DVD retail: 8 October 2008

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