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WORDS AND PICTURES

Cast

Clive Owen
Juliette Binoche

Director

Fred Schepisi

Producer

Curtis Burch, Gerald Di Pego, Fred Schepisi

Genres

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Film synopsis

Words or Pictures? Which side are you on? Choose your weapon: the pen or the brush.

EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES INTERVIEW WITH FRED SCHEPISI, JUILETTE BINOCHE & CLIVE OWEN – Click to view

A must-see romantic comedy, starring Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee, Clive Owen (Closer) and Academy Award winner, Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) from one of Australia’s most celebrated directors, Fred Schepisi (The Devil’s Playground, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Last Orders, The Eye of the Storm).

“This is a romance that is a little different, to say the least,” says Schepisi.  “In a film like Words and Pictures, it’s important that your main characters have chemistry and boy, these two really do.  It’s a chemistry that crackles.”

The setting is an elite, New England prep school where Jack (Clive Owen), having shown great promise as an author and poet, is now an English teacher who lives and breathes his love of language.  His secret (not the only one!) is that he can’t actually write anymore – he’s lost his mojo.

Enter Dina (Juliette Binoche), the new Art teacher; an acclaimed and passionate artist who is fighting the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis. Her physical abilities are increasingly impaired and the disease is literally taking the brush out of her hand.

Dina’s reputation has preceded her, known at her last school as ‘The Icicle’, she can be a little frosty, to say the least. But when the two meet, a spark ignites in Jack and he is relentless in his attempt to melt her façade.  At every opportunity, he 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, and students and faculty take sides.

Press quotes

  • “A truly witty romantic comedy with emotional depth.”

    The Hollywood Reporter,

  • “5 STARS
    A comedy of ideas couched in the format of a Spencer Tracy-Katherine Hepburn movie… the performances by Mr. Owen and Ms. Binoche have a crackling vitality.”

    New York Times,

  • “3.5 STARS OUT OF 4
    A love story that actually has something on its mind beyond romance. A thoughtful film about ideas - creativity, the power of language and the eloquence of visuals - it features two impeccable performances full of vitality.”

    USA Today,

Running time

111 minutes

Country of origin

USA

Year of production

2013

Classification

Mature themes and coarse language

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