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Words and Pictures

  • Directed by: Fred Schepisi
  • USA, 2013, 111 minutes
  • In English
  • Rated PG-13

An English teacher and one-time literary star challenges an art teacher to a war of words versus images to determine which form carries the greatest meaning in this witty and ultimately moving romantic comedy-drama from acclaimed director Fred Schepisi (Roxanne). Prep school English teacher Jack Marcus (Clive Owen) laments his students' obsession with social media. The school's once-proud literary magazine has fallen into ruin, and he’s estranged from his son. So Jack despairs and he drinks. Meanwhile, art teacher and abstract painter Dina Delsanto (Juliette Binoche) wrestles with debilitating arthritis that has made painting too painful to bear. Jack respects Dina, but he flirts and provokes her on occasion with equal relish. With a performance review looming and his job on the line, Jack comes upon an inspired method of getting the students galvanized: he declares a war between word and pictures, confident that the former is more important than the latter. Dina accepts the challenge and the battles begin, and before they know it, the hearts of these troubled co-workers have also entered the fray.