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Till Human Voices Wake Us (2003) There's water, water everywhere -- and strands of poetry clinging to the plot like slimy kelp -- in the precious Australian supernatural romance Till Human… 2003-02-21 R PT101M Drama Romance Sci-fi and Fantasy Helena Bonham Carter Guy Pearce Frank Gallacher Brooke Harmon Paramount Classics
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Till Human Voices Wake Us (2003)

MPAA Rating: R

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Guy Pearce, Helena Bonham Carter, ... | 'VOICES' CARRY Carter and Pearce remember love
Image credit: Till Human Voices Wake Us: Suzy Wood
'VOICES' CARRY Carter and Pearce remember love
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Limited Release: Feb 21, 2003; Rated: R; Length: 101 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Romance, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Helena Bonham Carter and Guy Pearce; Distributor: Paramount Classics

There's water, water everywhere -- and strands of poetry clinging to the plot like slimy kelp -- in the precious Australian supernatural romance Till Human Voices Wake Us by writer-director Michael Petroni. The three words that complete the phrase are ''and we drown,'' which, as the class knows, is the final line of T.S. Eliot's ''The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.''

Petroni takes the poem at face value, turning diaphanous literary imagery opaque and literal in the love song of Sam Franks (stone-faced Guy Pearce), a psychiatrist who returns to his childhood home, remembers a girl he once loved, and meets a mysterious woman who calls herself Ruby (distressed-looking Helena Bonham Carter). At one point Ruby is actually ''wreathed with seaweed red and brown'' herself.

Originally posted Feb 28, 2003 Published in issue #699 Mar 07, 2003 Order article reprints