Is a man worth more than his words, a woman worth more than her pictures?
Words and Pictures is a romantic comedy with a bittersweet edge. Both Clive Owen, and Juliette Binoche, play intructors at a private school who are one-time artists (a writer and a painter) who have given up their passions do to painful setbacks. Their not so playful rivalry rekindles the need to create in both of them and inspires their students to double their efforts on their own works.
Alcholism and Suffering for your Art
Although the premise of this film can be summed up with a few sentences, the emotions and relationships that are explored in Words and Pictures is anything but simple. Clive Owen’s character, Jack Marcus, is dealing with alcoholism and hits bottom with a horrible betrayal of his son. Juliette Binoche as Dina Delsanto is dealing with debilitating arthritis that makes every move excrutiating, and subsequently has given up trying to make her large scale paintings. Both characters take a chance in becoming intimate with each other, only to have everything blow up in their faces as Jack’s alcoholism leads him to destroy the painfully created work of his rival.
Relationships in Words and Pictures
The students in the film, are the ones that help both characters move forward. Not everything is repairable, but more can be repaired than you think as the film progresses. Sometimes the most important lessons that we learn in school are not part of the formal curriculum. Sometimes the consequences of our actions are brutal, and Words and Pictures takes a look at the brutal nature of alcholism, as Jack bottoms out.
Trust is fragile and once broken is hard to recover. At times, relationships cannot be reclaimed. The betrayal can be too severe to be overcome, and Words and Pictures explores this part of relationships with painful moments between the comedy. Definitely worth the wild emotional ride that you’ll go on, Words and Pictures has a lot to say about our relationships, our passion for work, the way we teach students, and how we deal with our addictions. This isn’t a comedy that’s all hearts and flowers. There are brutally painful scenes that will have artists weeping in their seats, but the redemption in the film is also cathartic, and the lessons explored are worth having your older kids see. You never know, both of you may learn something unexpected.
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