Words and Pictures
Monday, January 13, 5:00 PM
Palm Springs Regal 9
This screening has been cancelled.
Words and Pictures
USA, 2013, 120 Minute Running Time
Topic: Romantic Comedy
Program: Modern Masters
Jack (Clive Owen) is a brilliant but troubled English teacher at an upscale private school who meets far more than his match when Dina (Juliette Binoche), an accomplished painter suffering from arthritis, comes to teach art. Beset by writer’s block and bothered by his students’ focus on social media, Jack has taken to drinking… Drinking a lot, in fact, both in and out of school.
Initially, he and Dina are like oil and water, routinely bickering and dismissive of each other’s reliance upon their respective disciplines, though both struggle to inspire passion in their students. Desperate to get his students’ grades up, Jack hatches a plan: a challenge to the new teacher and her students to prove which is more worthwhile, words or pictures, by pitting the classrooms against each other in a competition.
In the hands of a director as gifted as Fred Schepisi ("Roxanne"; "Six Degrees of Separation"; "Last Orders") and supremely talented actors like Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche, this far transcends generic convention. Blessed with a witty script by Gerald DiPego and brimming with unexpected incident and plot twists, Words and Pictures melds the best of both those worlds into a moving picture of sheer delight.
Filmmaker(s) attending: Producer, Screenwriter
DIRECTOR: Fred Schepisi
Producer: Curtis Burch, Gerald Di Pego
Editor: Peter Honess
Screenwriter: Gerald Di Pego
Cinematographer: Ian Baker
Music: Paul Grabowsky
Principal Cast: Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Valerie Tian, Keegan Connor Tracy, Bruce Davison, Adam DiMarco, David Neghaban
Filmography: The Eye of the Storm (2011)
Last Orders (2001)
Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
A Cry in the Dark (1988)
The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith (1978)
Print Source: Roadside Attractions