• Publication date: May 1, 2012

The Secret Life of Words

A hearing impaired factory worker gives up her first holiday in years and instead travels out to an oil rig, where she cares for a man suffering from severe burns.

Program data

Duration: 110

Production Year: 2005

MBC Max:

May 7, 2012 05:20 (KSA) ~ May 7, 2012 04:20 (CLT)

Hanna is an introverted woman in her early '30s, quietly drowning in her own isolation.

Partially deaf from working an untold number of hours in a loud factory, Hanna must wear a hearing aid.

After four years without a holiday, Hanna decides to take a break and takes off for a coastal village in the north of Ireland.

While on holiday there is an accident on a nearby oil rig and Hanna being a nurse offers to help Josef, victim with severe burns and who has lost his sight.

Soon Hanna begins to feel at home in her new surroundings and a relationship gradually develops between her and Josef.


  • Sarah Polley
  • Tim Robbins
  • Julie Christie
  • Javier C├ímara
  • Danny Cunningham

Directed by:Isabel Coixet