Rated: PG-13 for sexual material including nude sketches, language and some mature thematic material. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: May 22, 2014 Released by: Latitude Productions
I guess the game played here is the left brain vs the right brain. It is not quite but the battle teacher Jack Marcus (Clive Owen) he is the word guy and Dina Delsanto (Juliette Binoche) is the picture art teacher define the film.
Jack Marcus is a long time teacher at a wealthy private prep-school he dwells in the world of the word citing examples from a myriad of writers, such as Shakespeare, Lincoln and Martin Luther King. He points out word origins like which part of the mail at anomy avocado comes from. He also confessors that the most beautiful words in the English language are: "cellar door." He is passionate at work and his teaching is impressive to watch. But his life is severely limited by his need to drink and because of that he has been placed on probation. An effective teacher he has become stale and lonely which leads to battling with everyone on the staff and in his family.
Dina arrives at the school as a new teacher of art who is battling arthritis which limits her physical movement and her ability to paint as creatively as she has in the past. She challengers her students to paint until they are personally satisfied with their work. Like many good teachers she is tougher on the best students who she observes as having extraordinary skill at painting. The two teachers immediately begin to challenge each other because each believes their world is more important than the other.
The school must be solid financially and the teachers paid well, he drives a Mercedes and she lives at the shore in a large barn like structure where she continues to attempt painting using props to aid her limited movement.
The battle comes to a head at the end of the end of the school year each teacher has students on their side to promote words or pictures, but the final presentations must come from the two main characters.
As we might expect the two who battle together through out the school semester, each expressing disgust for the other, find romance by the end of the story. Their performances are impressive particularly when the two argue, fight and battle with each other, but the romance doesn't work, these actors don't even appear to like each other.
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