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Writer-director [[Performer~P204197~Isabel Coixet~isabelcoixet]]'s ([[Feature~V282941~My Life Without Me~mylifewithoutme]]) beautifully wrought chamber drama The Secret Life of Words opens on Hanna ([[Performer~P57251~Sarah Polley~sarahpolley]]), a laconic, backward and introverted girl in her early '30s, quietly drowning in her own isolation. Partially deaf from working an untold number of hours in a loud factory, Hanna must wear a hearing aid. When 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. Once there, she decides to dine in a local restaurant, and overhears, by chance, a telephone conversation conducted by Victor ([[Performer~P296367~Eddie Marsan~eddiemarsan]]), regarding an accident on a nearby oil rig that he precipitated, which left a victim, Josef ([[Performer~P108437~Tim Robbins~timrobbins]]) in its wake. Hanna tells Victor that she is a nurse, and is instantly flown to the rig to treat the bedbound Josef -- temporarily blind from extensive cornea damage, and his body blanketed with severe burns. She also encounters the structure's motley and eccentric band of workers -- from ecologist Martin ([[Performer~P319908~Daniel Mays~danielmays]]), who spends his time studying mutated mussels that collect on the ship's base and the waves that strike the side of the rig, to Josef, to chef Simon ([[Performer~P232230~Javier Camára~javiercamára]]), who prepares "gourmet" food no one else can stand, to Dimitri ([[Performer~P54456~Sverre Anker Ousdal~sverreankerousdal]]), an elderly gentleman who is as much of a loner as Hanna. As Hanna 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. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:December 15, 2006
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