Thursday, September 12, 2013

TIFF 2013: Words and Pictures (Very Good)

Words and Pictures is a gamesome romantic comedy starring Clive Owen as out-of-gas drunk English teacher Jack Marcus and Juliette Binoche as art teacher Dina Delsanto, struggling to find a way to keep creating art despite her somewhat crippling arthritis. Delsanto is the new arrival at the private school, and she and Marcus quickly engage is a battle between words and pictures as the most expressive medium. Their students pick up the challenge, and in the midst of that battle, the two teachers dance around each other, while each privately combating their own demons, mostly unsuccessfully. The film is funny, sweet, and despite its fairly predictable adherence to the three-act structure, often original and moving.

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