The Secret Life of Words

The Secret Life of Words

DVD - 2005
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A nurse cares for a burned and temporarily blind man on an oil rig until he is stable enough to be moved.
Audience: OFA rating: 14A.
Publisher: Toronto : Mongrel Media, 2005.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Secre
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: In English with French subtitles.


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Mar 04, 2017

What a great movie. I've become a fan of Sarah Polley, a great actress who can transcend ordinary looks. This movie is a surprise so I won't spoil it by spelling out the theme. Let's just say its about war. Refer to the French movie "Captain Conan" or "Capitaine Conan" as it's original French title.

Jun 11, 2015

A movie of great compassion. So much lies behind the silence of Hanna, the nurse. But we have to wait to find out. The pay-off is well worth it. The setting, an off-shore oil rig, adds to the sense of confinement. The performances are restrained but powerful. Highly recommended.

May 27, 2015

I gave it my best effort but it was too weird and surreal for my liking. But that's just me.

Apr 11, 2015

What a great story this is. It is very endearing.

Dec 31, 2014

The Secret Life of Words takes us through the quiet and sorrowful life of Hanna. Most of the time all Hanna hears is the silence without her hearing aid, which blocks out the noise of the factory where she works. She takes no holidays and no sick days and the Union has noticed. Forced to take a holiday Hanna packs a small bag and heads off to the coast. Once settled in town, as much as she can be, she goes to a restaurant and overhears an oil rig manager talk about a burned employee-having had nurse training Hanna volunteers to help. As Hanna helps Josef he in turn helps her and the other few employees still on the rig…secrets are uncovered, stories are told, and lives are transformed.

Sep 20, 2014

Slow and heartbreaking, but excellent acting.

Aug 03, 2013

The story was unusual and intriguing interesting.. It is somewhat slow-moving, not an action show.. The only thing that really bothered me is the grating child-sounding voice-over.. or whatever that was.. I found it confusing.. Otherwise, this is a good, very touching movie..

May 03, 2012

Kudos to EPL for getting this gem of acting and story telling that went nowhere at the box office. Here is a brilliant study of people who hide themselves away from a reality that was too painful to endure.

Jan 20, 2012

Interesting story well told. Loved the actors. Not your light and fluffy love story.

Jun 27, 2011

the only bad thing about this movie - the camera crew probably held the camera with their teeth. it's moving and swaying and actors hiding behind poles.

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