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The Secret Life of Words

  NR HD Closed Captioning

Isabel Coixet

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Plot Summary

Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins stars in this compelling film from Pedro Almodovar, the renowned director of Volver and Talk to Her. Powerfully acted and critically acclaimed, The Secret Life of Words is a moving story about discovering love and hope when least expected. A wounded oil worker forms an unlikely and emotional relationship with a nurse based on his need to divulge the secrets of his past and her mysterious silence about her own identity. Jack Mathews of the New York Daily News calls it "remarkably compelling… one you won't soon forget."

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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71%
  • Reviews Counted: 38
  • Fresh: 27
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: As its title suggests, this eccentric film written and directed by Isabel Coixet, contemplates the insufficiency of language to encapsulate traumatic experience. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: 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 monologue that finally unlocks the mystery behind her guarded character. – Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Sarah Polley gives a wonderfully searching performance, as a woman in a state of extreme isolation. – Jonathan Holland, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: The claustrophobic and artificial atmosphere of the setting is unfortunately matched by the equally artificial drama. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A moving, emotional must see film

Please take the time to watch. So many don't want to know or understand what happens to people in times of war/distress. You will not regret buying or renting this movie.

The Secret Life of Words
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2006

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