TIL HUMAN VOICES WAKE US

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Release Date: February 21, 2003

Starring: Guy Pearce, Helena Bonham
Carter, Brooke Harman, and
Lindley Joyner

Genre: Romantic Drama/Supernatural
Romance

Audience: Teenagers and adults REVIEWER:
Dr. Tom Snyder TIL HUMAN
VOICES WAKE US is a quiet,
poignant Australian movie
about a psychiatrist haunted
by regrets from his past. The
regrets come in the form of an
apparent adult ghost of the
man's first love, who
accidentally died when the boy
was 15. Guy Pearce of L.A.
CONFIDENTIAL and MEMENTO plays
Sam Franks, a psychiatrist who
goes to bury his father at
their old home in Genoa, a
small country town. On the
train there, Sam meets a
strange woman named Ruby,
played by Helena Bonham Carter
of FIGHT CLUB and A ROOM WITH
A VIEW. Ruby suddenly
disappears when the train
conductor asks to talk to Sam
down the hall. When Sam gets
to his father's old house, he
starts recalling his
relationship with a young
crippled girl named Silvy when
they were 15. Sam and Silvy,
who wears braces, explore the
countryside on Sam's bike. One
rainy night back in the
present, Sam sees that Ruby
has apparently jumped from a
bridge into the river where
Sam and Silvy often sat
watching the water. Sam saves
Ruby, but, after the accident,
she has lost her memory and
all traces of her identity.
Lyrically and poetically, the
movie shows what happened
between Sam and Silvy, as Sam
and Ruby explore the secrets
and passions of their
past. TIL HUMAN VOICES WAKE US
uses the genre of supernatural
romance to show how a past
deadly tragedy can haunt the
survivors. Silvy's tragic fate
haunts Sam, who has become
emotionally withdrawn from the
world, even from his dying
father. As he deals with the
ghosts of his past,
represented by his
relationship with Ruby, Sam is
able to bury his feelings of
regret and re-discover his
passion for life. Director
Michael Petroni does an
excellent job of expressing
the lyrical, poetic tone of
his movie. He effectively uses
T.S. Eliot's famous poem, "The
Love Song of J. Alfred
Prufrock," whose last line
gives this movie its title.
The scenes between the young
Sam and Silvy are the most
effective, however, helped
along by beautiful
performances from Brooke
Harmon as Silvy and Lindley
Joyner as the young Sam. Those
emotionally evocative scenes
perfectly capture the idyllic
past that was Sam's
life. Although this movie
features a ghost, the ghost
becomes more like a metaphor
at the end of the movie. Thus,
the more objectionable content
in TIL HUMAN VOICES WAKE US is
a scene of implied fornication
between adults, brief nudity
and about five obscenities and
profanities. Please address
your comments to: Ruth Vitale
& David
Dinerstein Co-Presidents Paramount
Classics A Division of
Paramount Pictures 5555
Melrose Avenue Chevalier
Building Los Angeles, CA
90038 Phone: (323)
956-2000 Fax: (323)
862-1012 Website:
www.paramountclassics.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 97 minutes

Distributor: Paramount Classics

Director: Michael Petroni

Executive Producer:

Producer: Shana Levine, Dean Murphy,
Nigel Odell, David Redman,
Matthias Emcke, and Thomas
Augsberger

Writer: Michael Petroni

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Content:

(H, C, B, O, L, S, NN, A, D, M) Humanist worldview with some brief Christian elements, including pastor quotes Psalm 23 at funeral, some moral elements and an occult metaphor of a man dealing with the ghosts of his past, including the "ghost" of a woman who died, but the ghost may not really exist; three obscenities including one "f" word, one strong profanity and one light profanity; no violence but implied drowning and woman almost drowns after falling into river during storm; implied fornication; upper male nudity and brief upper female nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, boy afraid to accept man's offer of friendship after man's daughter dies and hypnosis scene to recover woman's memory.

GENRE: Romantic Drama/Supernatural Romance

Summary:

TIL HUMAN VOICES WAKE US is a poignant Australian movie about a psychiatrist haunted by regrets from his past. This is a lyrical, poetic movie full of quiet emotion, but it contains a brief sexual interlude, brief nudity and a small amount of foul language.

Review:

TIL HUMAN VOICES WAKE US is a quiet, poignant Australian movie about a psychiatrist haunted by regrets from his past. The regrets come in the form of an apparent adult ghost of the man's first love, who accidentally died when the boy was 15.

Guy Pearce of L.A. CONFIDENTIAL and MEMENTO plays Sam Franks, a psychiatrist who goes to bury his father at their old home in Genoa, a small country town. On the train there, Sam meets a strange woman named Ruby, played by Helena Bonham Carter of FIGHT CLUB and A ROOM WITH A VIEW. Ruby suddenly disappears when the train conductor asks to talk to Sam down the hall.

When Sam gets to his father's old house, he starts recalling his relationship with a young crippled girl named Silvy when they were 15. Sam and Silvy, who wears braces, explore the countryside on Sam's bike.

One rainy night back in the present, Sam sees that Ruby has apparently jumped from a bridge into the river where Sam and Silvy often sat watching the water. Sam saves Ruby, but, after the accident, she has lost her memory and all traces of her identity. Lyrically and poetically, the movie shows what happened between Sam and Silvy, as Sam and Ruby explore the secrets and passions of their past.

TIL HUMAN VOICES WAKE US uses the genre of supernatural romance to show how a past deadly tragedy can haunt the survivors. Silvy's tragic fate haunts Sam, who has become emotionally withdrawn from the world, even from his dying father. As he deals with the ghosts of his past, represented by his relationship with Ruby, Sam is able to bury his feelings of regret and re-discover his passion for life.

Director Michael Petroni does an excellent job of expressing the lyrical, poetic tone of his movie. He effectively uses T.S. Eliot's famous poem, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," whose last line gives this movie its title. The scenes between the young Sam and Silvy are the most effective, however, helped along by beautiful performances from Brooke Harmon as Silvy and Lindley Joyner as the young Sam. Those emotionally evocative scenes perfectly capture the idyllic past that was Sam's life.

Although this movie features a ghost, the ghost becomes more like a metaphor at the end of the movie. Thus, the more objectionable content in TIL HUMAN VOICES WAKE US is a scene of implied fornication between adults, brief nudity and about five obscenities and profanities.

Please address your comments to:

Ruth Vitale & David Dinerstein

Co-Presidents

Paramount Classics

A Division of Paramount Pictures

5555 Melrose Avenue

Chevalier Building

Los Angeles, CA 90038

Phone: (323) 956-2000

Fax: (323) 862-1012

Website: www.paramountclassics.com

SUMMARY: TIL HUMAN VOICES WAKE US is a poignant Australian movie about a psychiatrist haunted by regrets from his past. This is a lyrical, poetic movie full of quiet emotion, but it contains a brief sexual interlude, brief nudity and a small amount of foul language.

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