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Words And Pictures

6.61 h 55 min201412
An art instructor and an English teacher form a rivalry that ends up with a competition at their school.
Fred Schepisi
Clive OwenJuliette BinocheBruce Davison
English [CC]
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4.2 out of 5 stars

254 global ratings

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Mark L.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 April 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
A surprising source of the artwork
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Clive Owen, a great British actor playing an English teacher and Juliette Binoche, a great French actor playing an art teacher. Set in a school in the US.

Very well acted as you would expect and the story is one of gentle rivalry between the two teachers (the words versus the pictures) with romance playing an inevitable part.

In the credits I was surprised to see that Juliette Binoche had supplied the artwork for the film. Maybe she is even more talented than I thought she was.
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Magpie1979Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 May 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Nice little film
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I'm still reeling from finding out Juliette actually paints everything you see on screen! Talk about talented. Great lead characters, with charisma and spark. The school kids in the story are a distraction from what could have been a more in depth, well rounded, grown up film. But I still watched it to the predictable end without getting bored, am still thinking about the story (and counting syllables) a week after watching it, and I did I mention Juliette's painting?
8 people found this helpful
Ali SparkesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 April 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Clive Owen surprised me!
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never been a huge fan but the scene with his son toward the end of the film (no spoiler alert needed) moved me to tears. La Binoche as always is fantastic and I really liked the chemistry between them and the genuine way they appeared to laugh heartily. The summary of the ability of the artist to convey a sense beyond the mundane was well explained and brought the "war" to a nice resolution. [[ASIN:B00S9P3L7C Words And Pictures]]
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Carl WZReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 March 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
The leading couple have the capacity to create a tension ...
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The leading couple have the capacity to create a tension that leads the film. Out of the ordinary, interesting reflections about the nature of words and pictures, but aren't words just symbols and therefore non visual images? In fact a somewhat light and interesting discussion about a very serious and deep subject. I see it as the question of "can words and pictures help us mitigate our existential isolation?"
These are after all the mechanisms we have to pass ideas from one brain to the next and transcend genetics...
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marksmillerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 June 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great pairing
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The chemistry between Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche is wonderful to watch.
SamskiReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 December 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
but the 2 central characters are amazing, a brilliant chemistry
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When the film started I thought it was going to bore me, but the 2 central characters are amazing, a brilliant chemistry, could have done without all the bits with the kids! the story didn't really make up it's mind what it wanted to be - a look at the demons an alcoholic faces, or the ongoing fight for dignity when you have a serious illness - interleaved with a fluffy school story.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 May 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Don’t bother
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Dreary rubbish. I gave up about forty minutes in.
DJXReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 November 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Well cast
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Very well cast, strong performances from Clive and Juliette. Recommended.
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