The Secret Life of Words Synopsis
A woman is brought to an oil rig to care for a worker who is temporarily blinded in an accident. A strange bond develops between them.
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By Ken Fox
Carries an important and timely reminder about the fate of torture victims, so deftly wrapped within a touching and beautifully acted...
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The New Republic

By Stanley Kauffmann
Like Ceylan--like many a fine director--Coixet has made her film less as a drama than as the traversal of a state of mind, a mood.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Given the physical limitations of their characters, Polley and Robbins give remarkably compelling performances, and though the resolution...
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Yes, The Secret Life of Words owes much to Lars von Trier's 1999 "Breaking the Waves." But Coixet's riff stands on its own thanks to...
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Film Threat

A series of conversations that are sometimes clever and sometimes feel like screenwriting exercises about the details of life, but are...
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By Jonathan Holland
Sarah Polley gives a wonderfully searching performance, as a woman in a state of extreme isolation, in The Secret Life of Words, a...
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The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
The exquisitely coordinated performances elicit an empathy as powerful as anything I can remember feeling in a recent film.
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Los Angeles Times

There may be no young actress today better at embodying a blend of wounded innocence and stoic pride than Sarah Polley. In The Secret Life...
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Entertainment Weekly

Can a single scene save a movie? An hour and 20 minutes into The Secret Life of Words, Sarah Polley delivers a halting, evocative 10-minute...
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By Andrew O'Hehir
A tantalizing and beautiful picture made with tremendous integrity, and anchored by two marvelous performances, Isabel Coixet's The Secret...
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For coarse language and theme of sexual violence