The Secret Life of Words

(Spain, 2005, 114 minutes)

A deaf nurse who is a Balkan refugee is taken to an oil rig off the coast of Ireland to look over a worker severely burned in an accident, and both bond over their untold secrets. Intriguing but ultimately unsatisfactory melodrama whose steady handling, solid performances and enveloping mood are thrown away by the unwise decision to reveal too much of the characters' back stories. Still worth a look, though.

Focus Features and Agustín and Pedro Almodóvar present a El Deseo/Mediapro production in association with TVE, Canal Plus España and Televisió de Catalunya. Starring Sarah Polley, Tim Robbins, Javier Cámara, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Steven Mackintosh, Eddie Marsan; and Julie Christie. Directed and written by Isabel Coixet; produced by Esther García; director of photography, Jean-Claude Larrieu; production designer, Pierre-François Limbosch; costume designer, Tatiana Hernández; film editor, Irene Blecua.


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