Words and Pictures

Synopsis: A flamboyant English teacher (Clive Owen) and a new, stoic art teacher (Juliette Binoche) collide at an upscale prep school. A high-spirited courtship begins and she finds herself enjoying the battle. Another battle they begin has the students trying to prove which is more powerful, the word or the picture. But the true war is against their own demons, as two troubled souls struggle for connection.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Fred Schepisi
Production: Roadside Attractions
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

Any questions, we'll defer to Walt,

'cause he's been

teaching here since, uh,

when was it, 1842?


This way. I will show

you to your classes.

Miss Delsanto, make

yourself at home, please.

Excuse me.

Mr. Chow, I will see

you later today.

Thank you.


My name's Jack Marcus.

Kids call me Mr. Marc.

And now you say your name.

Uh, we were introduced.

Oh, I never listen

to the headmaster.

So what do you teach?

Art Honors.

Hence the scarf.

And you?

Honors English.

Hence the hence.

Feel like a warm-up game?

Uh, no.

I say a five-syllable

word that starts with

you say a five-syllable

word that starts with

and we go on until

someone is stumped.



Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

All right, I'll allow that.


Now, you can challenge my

word if you think it's wrong,

but if you lose the challenge,

it's an extra point for me.



Italian, not allowed.

Oh, you didn't stipulate English.

Of course the game's in English.


Five English syllables, please.


All right, I'll allow that.

Examination. "F" to you.


This is the lounge, isn't it?

Would you please

allow me to lounge?

Certamente, Signorina.

Thank you.

There's just one thing.

Did you really hit a

student with that cane?

No. It was a teacher.


Hey, don't. Just...

Come on! Shh!




Miss Delsanto, we'd hoped you'd

bring in some of your paintings.

My favorites are the

ones that you did

when you lived in, um, New York.

Personally, I'm a fan of

your more figurative work.


And we're so glad that you

chose our little town.

I didn't choose.

Well, but moving from New

York to the country, I...


So you want to know why I

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Gerald Di Pego

Gerald Di Pego was born in 1941. He is a writer and producer, known for Instinct (1999), Phenomenon (1996) and The Forgotten (2004). He has been married to Christine DiPego since 1992. He was previously married to Janet Kapsin. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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