THE SECRET LIFE OF WORDS (FILM at the Erie Art Museum)
December 4 THE SECRET LIFE OF WORDS (2005)
Written and directed by Isabel Coixet
Sponsored by Whole Foods Co-op
A hearing impaired factory worker gives up her first holiday in years and instead travels out to an oil rig, where she cares for a man suffering from severe burns. Hanna (Sarah Polley), a laconic, backward and introverted girl in her early '30s, is quietly drowning in her own isolation and partially deaf from working an untold number of hours in a loud factory. Her supervisors -- deeply concerned about the four years that have lapsed in Hanna's life without a break -- force her to go on holiday for a month, she hesitantly takes off for a coastal village in the north of Ireland where she overhears a conversation regarding an accident on a nearby oil rig which left a victim, Josef (Tim Robbins) in its wake. Hanna tells them she is a nurse, and is instantly flown to the rig to treat the man.
She encounters the structure's motley and eccentric band of workers and begins to foresee a new place for herself among these individuals, a relationship gradually develops between Hanna and Josef, who holds his new friend rapt with lyrical, evocative, magisterial tales from his past -- unknowingly drawing Hanna, one step at a time, toward inner joy, self-expression, and revelation of her own sad and complex story. The Secret Life of Words is a slow, mannered drama, but with a revelatory and powerful ending that rewards the patient viewer.
Admission $5.00. Tickets at the door and online. Doors at 6:00pm. FILM at 7:00pm.
Written and Directed by Isabel Coixet. Starring Sarah Polley, Time Robbins. Not Rated. 115 minutes. English and Danish.
Wikipedia Biography: Isabel Coixet is a Spanish film director. Her films follow a departure from traditional national cinema of Spain, and help to "untangle films from their national context, clearing the path for thinking about national film from different perspectives." The recurring themes of "emotions, feelings and existential conflict" coupled with her distinct visual style secure the "multifaceted (she directs, writes, produces and acts)" filmmaker's status as a "catalan auteur".
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