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Till Human Voices Wake Us (2001)

  Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Brooke Harman, Guy Pearce
Links: Till Human Voices Wake Us on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Drama
Awards: AFI Awards: Best Film 2002 (nominee)

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating)
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"Hauntingly beautiful (or something)" - a review by pearly

This is a film in two parts - the first shows life for the young version of Sam, the second shows the adult Sam. Unlike most films that are structured in this manner, the two parts are fairly even in length - a generous portion of time for the young Sam's story. This helps the audience to relate to the characters a lot better, rather than being rushed through so that Guy Pearce (who plays the adult Sam) can get more screen time.

Sam is a polite young boy who has a strange, yet close friendship with a girl named Silvy from his small country town. He shares many good times with her, and goes to work for her father, but after a tragic accident, he becomes very withdrawn. Cut to Sam as an adult who goes through life trying to forget and move on from the tragedy, when he meets up with Ruby (Helena Bonham Carter), who may just change his life.

Till Human Voices Wake Us is incredibly slow-moving, but not dull. It meanders along its way, with lots of character development (it is, in essence, a character movie). The two younger actors have a great chemistry, and are both wonderful to watch, especially Brooke Harman who plays Silvy.

Helena Bonham Carter has the same eerie quality to her acting that she usually does; the big difference with this role being that she has an Australian accent (and she actually does it really well - a bit of a compliment coming from an Aussie). Guy Pearce is a fabulous actor, but something always bothers me about him, which makes it hard for me to concentrate on what he's doing (in The Hard Word (2002) it was his fake nose, in this it's his real cheekbones).

If you're a big action film fan, then you won't like this at all. It's more aimed at an older audience, the kind that talk about imagery and that sort of thing.

pearly gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 24 Sep 2002

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