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Words and Pictures

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 2013
  • Fred Schepisi
  • 110 mins
  • 12

Summary

An English teacher at a prep school who despairs of inspiring his pupils develops a flirtatious but combative relationship with a newly arrived art teacher. She encourages him to come up with a plan to capture the students' imaginations by setting a contest to prove whether words or images are the greater art form. Romantic drama, starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

For a film about the redemptive power of art and literature, this romantic comedy drama lacks the all-important magical creative spark. Clive Owen plays a boozy English teacher at a posh American private school. Once a promising writer/poet, he now coasts through life and is facing the sack. The arrival of opinionated new art teacher Juliette Binoche - a well known painter whose career has been laid low by the onset of rheumatoid arthritis - prompts a largely good-natured feud between the pair over what is better: written or visual images. But while the "war" reawakens both of their creative juices, Owen's self-destructive impulses threaten to derail the project and their own budding relationship. Reframing Dead Poets Society as a romcom is an intriguing concept but despite likeable turns from the two leads, screenwriter Gerald Di Pego's words and director Fred Schepisi's pictures too often descend into cliché.

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Credits

Cast

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Jack MarcusClive Owen
Dina DelsantoJuliette Binoche
WaltBruce Davison
Will RashidNavid Negahban
ElspethAmy Brenneman
EmilyValerie Tian
SwintAdam DiMarco
Cole PattersonJosh Ssettuba
TonyChristian Schneider
SabineJanet Kidder

Crew

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DirectorFred Schepisi

Details

Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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