Words and Pictures

May 23rd, 2014


Words and Pictures

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An art instructor and an English teacher form a rivalry that ends up with a competition at their school in which students decide whether words or pictures are more important.

Release Year: 2013

Rating: 6.8/10 (174 voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Fred Schepisi

Stars: Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Bruce Davison

A flamboyant English teacher (Clive Owen) and a new, stoic art teacher (Juliette Binoche) collide at an upscale prep school. A high-spirited courtship begins and she finds herself enjoying the battle. Another battle they begin has the students trying to prove which is more powerful, the word or the picture. But the true war is against their own demons, as two troubled souls struggle for connection.

Clive Owen - Jack Marcus
Juliette Binoche - Dina Delsanto
Valerie Tian - Emily
Navid Negahban - Rashid
Bruce Davison - Walt
Amy Brenneman - Elspeth
Adam DiMarco - Swint
Josh Ssettuba - Cole Patterson
Janet Kidder - Sabine
Christian Scheider - Tony
Keegan Connor Tracy - Ellen
Andrew McIlroy - Roy Loden
Harrison MacDonald - Shaftner
Willem Jacobson - Stanhope
Tanaya Beatty - Tammy

Taglines: Is a man worth more than his words, a woman worth more than her pictures?

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 22 May 2014

Filming Locations: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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User Review


Rating: 7/10

Starts off with a great premise and excellent dialogue throughout, but the story falters 2/3rds of the way through with the art vs. words contention going completely one sided given the exemplars. The tête-à-tête between Owen, Binoche, and to a degree, their students, was the centerpiece of the film. But the alcoholism was a distraction and not necessary to the story. I was amazed at what they were holding up as "fine" art. Her creations were executed with brushes of ever increasing sizes until she was using a mop suspended from the ceiling. The masterpiece (?) and the two panels at the end were the most recent examples of an emperor having no clothes. 7/10


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