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TIFF First Looks: Clive Owen & Juliette Binoche In 'Words And Pictures' Plus Rebecca Hall In 'A Promise'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
August 13, 2013 10:57 AM
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Toronto is in the final push of getting things ready for TIFF and it looks like the red carpets will be even starrier, and premieres even bigger than previously thought. With over 80 new films announced today, there won't be a moment to spare this year at the festival, and even more peeks at the upcoming films have arrived.

Flying a bit below the radar is "Words And Pictures," pairing up two actors we dig in Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche. The film comes from Fred Schepisi ("The Russia House," "Six Degrees Of Separation," "Roxanne") and it seems right in his familiar wheelhouse, blending comedy and drama. Here's the synopsis: 

Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche star in this playful comic drama about an English teacher who challenges the school’s art teacher to a "war" between words and pictures — and, in the process, sparks an unlikely romance.

Meanwhile, things go period with "A Promise" ("Une Promesse"), the latest from filmmaker Patrice Leconte. Starring Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, and Richard Madden, it tells the tale of a tragic, torrid romance. Here's the full synopsis:

Set in pre-First World War Germany, Patrice Leconte's venture into English-language filmmaking chronicles the simmering love triangle between an ailing factory owner (Alan Rickman), his young bride (Rebecca Hall) and his protégé (Richard Madden).

So just a couple more titles to keep an eye as the things heat up in the coming weeks.


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1 Comment

  • steve ilott | September 8, 2013 1:33 AMReply

    Words and Music: well constructed script with solid acting, particularly Clive Owen in full ragged alcoholic mode. For a character whose life depends on words he can say a great deal with his eyes. The ending needs to be tightened. Sorry guys but it's sloppy cliched. The last ten seconds would have worked far better had Binoche and Owen exchanged reluctant smiles and parted company leaving us wonder if she'll take him back. That works far better than a valentines card from Hallmark complete with sweeping happy shiny. Real it up a tad Mr. Shepisi and it'll do fabulous box office. Don't make us cringe that little bit. And really cut that shared laugh they give us i the last moment. Who knows they may have an alternate ending in the can. This was the first showing anywhere. Everyone was on stage. They should have let them say something, though the showing was quite late and had to get cooking. Otherwise - wonderful ride with characters I cared to watch. Live is killer as is Binoche. Top of their game. - Steve Ilott - Oakville Ontario

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