Words and Pictures is an absolutely delightful movie. When I first saw it listed, I had no idea what it might be about but when I read the synopsis at movietickets.ca, I was pretty sure it would be right up my alley. The lead characters are teachers at a prep school (somewhere in the USA); he is the teacher of the Honours English class, she is the new Honours Art instructor. He was a bright, erudite author with an immense reverence for language; she a major abstract artist. He has become bored with his disinterested students and has a drinking problem; she is learning to cope with rheumatoid arthritis that makes practicing her art almost impossible.
British actor Clive Owen plays Jack Marcus and French actress Juliette Binoche plays artist Dina Delsanto. Marcus likes to play word games in the staff room and engages Delsanto in his contest of wit. She tells her students that their work is what is important — that words are lies. Marcus challenges them to prove her wrong and inspires them to learn and write beyond their complacency while she is doing the same in art class. War is declared — and the results are stunning! Everyone learns more about the images of language, the unspoken responses to pictures, facing personal demons, and conquering fears. Fantastic movie! * * * * *