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The Secret Life of Words

secret_words.jpgWhat is it about good titles? Like this one, “The Secret Life of Words.” Why are words so powerful? (In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.) In this film, the hero and heroine both have terrible secrets, which we discover as they begin to establish a relationship. Both have paid steep prices for their sins, real and imagined. Of course, they fall in love.

I hope that wasn’t a spoiler!

The film isn’t remarkable for the story, as much as the perfect pitch of Sarah Polley and Tim Robbins. In fact, it may be Tim Robbins’ most remarkable performance since “The Shawshank Redemption.” It is Sarah Polley who is amazing, though. As she comes out of her shell, we believe every word she tells us, and when her secret is fully revealed, we feel the full horror of it.

As you can tell, I liked the film and highly recommend it. Include it in your Netflix queue. Don’t expect a major Hollywood production, though. This is an art house film and understated, despite the depth of emotions it touches.