Words and Pictures

Words and Pictures

DVD - 2014
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An art instructor and an English teacher form a rivalry that ends up with a competition at their school in which students decide whether words or pictures are more important. Choose your weapon carefully: the pen or the brush. Jack Marcus is a writer who can no longer write he is a shadow of his true potential. Occupied as an English teacher at an elite New England prep school, he lives and breathes his love of language through the students, but remains a victim of his own vices often found at the bottom of a bottle. Enter new Art teacher Dina Delsanto, an acclaimed and passionate artist who is struggling with rheumatoid arthritis. Dinas cold and tortured demeanor ignites a spark in Jack. Relentless in his attempt to melt her faade, Jack tries to engage her in his perpetual word game. When Jack learns that Dina has told the students that words are traps and lies, that art is the only bearer of truth, he is quick to the defense. The gauntlet for a school-wide competition of words versus pictures is thrown down - get ready for an academic showdown of wild proportions. A playful romantic comedy, this drama explores the rocky terrain of relationships capturing the passion and the inspiration behind both the words and the pictures.
Publisher: 2013 ,
Umbrella Entertainment, Australia : [2014]
Branch Call Number: DVD WORD
Characteristics: 1 DVD (116 min.) : sound, colour ; 12 cm

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saturn
Sep 23, 2017

I could not get past 5 minutes into this movie. Just struck me as boring. The main male actor was not very good. Do not agree with any of the comments below.

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wordsmith888
Jun 16, 2017

This is a fabulous 5-star movie! I love the plot, character development, dialogue and humour. It, surprisingly, kept my rapt attention from beginning to end! There are many unexpected twists and turns and the ending is so well played! It got me! Juliette's and Clive's acting are phenomenal and very authentically played. One scene, in particular, profoundly touched my heart strings.

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cmarie20
Apr 23, 2017

Two grown ups with careers they are passionate about, baggage, and purpose, challenge each other and end up loving each other - Good movie!

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sal1811
Jan 09, 2017

This is one of the best movies I've watched. It is witty and intelligent and very well acted. Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche are believable in their portrayals.

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tenet
Nov 19, 2016

Rated 5/10.

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rslade
Mar 03, 2016

Lots of great ideas in the movie, but the characters and relationships seem off, somehow. Little chemistry between the protagonists. Binoche does a great turn as an artist trying to find new ways of expression in the face of disability.

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garycornell
Feb 09, 2016

Simply a beautiful film that teaches one so much about the differences between "Words and Pictures". One of the best love stories I have ever seen as well. Five Stars to the director, the screenplay, cinematographer, and actors. A really great movie!

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Rosina
Oct 01, 2015

This is an excellent movie. My partner and I loved it. On top of that we recognized scenes of the Fraser river in Vancouver and St. George's College. The acting was superb. A good story and something that will give you a lot to think about. What is most important? Words or pictures?

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bjohns
Jul 19, 2015

I wanted to like this movie but I just couldn't.

First of all, the main characters had a hard time deciding what their accents were. Clive Owen was trying to be American but the English accent kept coming through. I couldn't figure out what Binoche's accent was and neither could she. Maybe she should have been casted as a French painter.

The creepy student who stalked and sexted another student could have been removed from the screenplay altogether.

But what bothered me most was how easily Binoche's character accepted Owen's character. It was all very unrealistic. There just seemed to be a haze around the whole movie -- unconvincing.

Your time would be better spent on seeing other flicks unless you like these two actors.

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AlwaysColleen
May 24, 2015

This film is among my all-time favorites. It's a glorious celebration of the healing and transformative power of art. The dialogue is smart, sexy, and inspirational. The relationship between Owen and Binoche sizzles. Of all the films that have portrayed inspirational teachers, this film is the most realistic. Great teachers do not become so on their own -- rather, they are inspired each day by the teachers around them, by their administrators, and by their students. With that verity, this film engages, entertains, and satisfies. I highly recommend it.

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