By Lance Avery Morgan
It might be the best grown-up movie this summer – and it debuts this weekend, June 6. The new, witty romantic drama, “Words and Pictures” stars the beguiling duo of Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen working together on-screen for the first time.
Prep school English teacher Jack Marcus (Owen) laments his students’ obsession with social media and good grades rather than engaging with the power of the written word. A one-time literary star, Marcus has not published in years filling his spare time with drink versus the art of language. He meets his match in Dina Delsanto (Binoche). She is an abstract painter and new teacher on campus, who was once celebrated for her art. From the start, the two flirt and provoke each other with equal relish. Then the love sparks develop and fly.
With a performance review looming and his teaching job on the line, Marcus hatches an inspired plan for galvanizing student interest in their studies: he declares a war between “Words and Pictures”… confident that the former can convey greater meaning than the latter.
Delsanto and her art students accept the challenge between Jack and his English students, and the battle lines are drawn. Smart, funny and deeply touching, it will enhance how you view your own words and pictures around you.
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