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by Isabel Coixet


An isolated spot in the middle of the sea. An oil rig, where all the workers are men, on which there has been an accident. A solitary, mysterious woman who is trying to forget her past is brought to the rig to look after a man who has been temporarily blinded. A strange intimacy develops between them, a link full of secrets, truths, lies, humour and pain, from which neither of them will emerge unscathed and which will change their lives forever. A film about the weight of the past. About the sudden silence that is produced before a storm. About twenty-five million waves, a Spanish cook and a goose. And, above all else, about the power of love even in the most terrible circumstances.

international title: The Secret Life of Words
original title: La vida secreta de las palabras
country: Spain
sales agent: El Deseao (ES)
year: 2005
genre: fiction
directed by: Isabel Coixet
film run: 112'
release date: ES 21/10/2005, IT 17/03/2006, IE 23/03/2006, HU 23/03/2006, NL 30/03/2006, DE 06/04/2006, BE 19/04/2006, FR 19/04/2006, PL 25/08/2006
screenplay: Isabel Coixet
cast: Javier Cámara, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Steven Mackintosh, Tim Robbins, Sarah Polley, Julie Christie
cinematography by: Jean-Claude Larrieu
film editing: Irene Blecua
costumes designer: Tatiana Hernández
producer: Pedro Almodóvar, Augustín Almodóvar
production: El Deseo, Mediapro, Hotshot Films (UK)
backing: Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission, MEDIA Plus
distributor: BIM Distribuzione (IT), RCV Distribution (NL), Tobis (DE), Diaphana Distribution (FR), Sunrise Distribution (DA), Continental FIlms (SK)