Jack Marcus (Clive Owen) is a writer who can no longer write – he is a shadow of his true potential. Occupied as an English teacher at an elite New England prep school, he lives and breathes his love of language through the students, but remains a victim of his own vices – often found at the bottom
of a bottle.
Enter new Art teacher Dina Delsanto (Juliette Binoche), an acclaimed and passionate artist who is struggling with rheumatoid arthritis. Dina’s cold and tortured demeanour ignites a spark in Jack. Relentless in his attempt to melt her façade, Jack tries to engage her in his perpetual word game.
When Jack learns that Dina has told the students that words are ‘traps’ and ‘lies’, that art is the only bearer of truth, he is quick to the defence. The gauntlet for a school-wide competition of words versus pictures is thrown down - get ready for an academic showdown of wild proportions.
A playful romantic comedy from the internationally acclaimed director Fred Schepisi, Words and Pictures explores the rocky terrain of relationships capturing the passion and the inspiration behind both the words and the pictures.
Juliette Binoche created the artwork seen in the film.
US trailer #1
US trailer #2
US TV spots
Dutch TV spot
Behind the scenes of Words and Pictures
"Opening Titles" by Paul Grabowsky
"I am a Small Poem" by Paul Grabowsky