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Genres: Drama , Romance
Actors: Sarah Polley , Tim Robbins , Sverre Anker Ousdal , Javier Cámara , Danny Cunningham , Dean Lennox Kelly , Daniel Mays , Emmanuel Idowu , Eddie Marsan , Steven Mackintosh , Julie Christie , Reg Wilson , Leonor Watling , Daphne Brown , Muriel Hobson
Director: Isabel Coixet
Country: Spain
Year: 2005
IMDB Rating: 7.4/10 (7710 votes)

Hannah, who wears a hearing aid, is forced to go on holiday. On holiday she manages to find a job: caring for Josef, a burn victim on an oil rig who temporarily lost his sight, until he’s stable enough to be transferred. There is almost no one on the rig, except a cook, an oceanographer and a few others out at sea. Hannah tends to Josef and he slowly breaks her shell of silence.

Film Review

Sophie's Choice meets the English Patient w/ a Hollywood endingThe acting and dialog in this movie are first rate. But is there a "there there"? Hanna is the emotionally damaged survivor of War atrocity. She avoids any emotional and social life working only for survival in a Scottish factory. When her employer forces her to take a vacation she is forced to think about more than survival. At the last second she tries to avoid leisure time and the possibility of introspection and resurfacing emotion by volunteering to nurse for badly burned oil rig worker, Josef (Tim Robbins). Isolated on the Oil Rig with a skeleton crew she is touched by the guilt ridden and emotionally extroverted Josef. In return she confesses her own horrors. Having exposed herself she escapes from this impromptu group therapy and returns to her previous work life. Josef tracks her down with the help of Hanna's psychiatrist, Inge (Julie Christie). Julie Christie is excellent in this cameo role. Ing…

I've always enjoyed Sarah Polley, she has a certain "look" that makes her characters real. Here we first see her as a hearing-impaired factory line worker, Hanna, who works hard, doesn't say much to anyone else, and eats alone in the cafeteria. She has a foreign accent but we can't quite place it. After 4 years of constant work, she essentially is forced to go on holiday. She travels to a coastal town, where while eating overhears a phone conversation, an injured man needs a nurse for two weeks. She walks up, and without expression says, "I am a nurse. I can take care of him." In opening credits we see glimpses in slow motion of a fire and Tim Robbins as oil platform worker Josef is injured while trying in vain to save another. There is a connection between the men, quite complicated. But Joseph is the one who needs care and, being blinded for a couple of weeks, cannot see this nurse Hanna. She doesn't even tell him her name, so he ends up calling h…

I bought this movie without knowing a nickel about it and this makes a good analogy of the film itself. A road you know its potholes and you know they will keep getting larger without the right care, and these potholes will keep you alert and away from distractions. The film manages to maintain traffic working.Definitely not for all tastes, but, engaging and a heartbreaking tale of suffering and nonetheless surviving through deep pain.I admire Sarah Polley for her talent as an actress and as a writer. She is almost perfect in the role of Hannah. Everything makes sense! The powerful waves that hit the oil platform creates the ambiguous sense where people seem forgotten by everyone else and become reflective about themselves taking different directions and reasons inside their minds for everything they do and believe is out of reach mostly.Beautiful poetic harsh thrust into the heart of reality of traveling lost souls!

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