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The Sleeping Dictionary [DVD]

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  • Actors: Jessica Alba, Brenda Blethyn, Hugh Dancy, Bob Hoskins, Christopher Ling Lee Ian
  • Directors: Guy Jenkin
  • Writers: Guy Jenkin
  • Producers: Chandran Rutnam, Charles Wang, Denise O'Donoghue, Frank Hildebrand, Jimmy Mulville
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Mar. 2004
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009PAAI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,828 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A beautiful tribeswoman (Jessica Alba) becomes both concubine and language tutor to a young English colonial (Hugh Dancy), and in the heat of the jungle their passion grows into a forbidden love affair. But the lovers are forced to separate after they are threatened for defying duty and tradition. When the young man returns a year later with his new bride, the heat of passion reignites and intensifies as secrets surface that are as deep and dark as the jungles that those who keep them inhabit.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By smokyashton on 23 Oct. 2013
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watching it, i was surprised just how quickly it got under my skin.
Jessica and Hugh play their parts perfectly and so, so naturally.
A truly beautiful happening that re-affirms one's faith in the sheer
niceness of true love. One only wishes that some of it would rub
off .....on one's own life for example ,
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BerniH on 15 Mar. 2013
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Who should tell us how to behave and what is right? Old English colloquial standards set the scene here of adultery and deceit but through it all comes true love and romance of a forbidden young couple. If you like romance then you will like this film.
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By Chatterbox on 1 May 2014
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This film could have been a lot more than it was but failed to deliver. Jessica Alba is her usual dull self. Once again, her character completely lacks in any personality, which isn't helped by the fact that she isn't a hugely talented actress. Hugh Dancy was better although I can't imagine this being an exciting role for him either. It was evident he had no on-screen chemistry with Alba at all, so despite his undying love for her character, the passion just wasn't coming through despite his best efforts. The fact that his character was so stereotyped into your typical boarding-school-Oxbridge Englishman didn't help make things exciting either. And Emily Mortimer was completely wasted in this movie when they could have done so much more with her.

The story is totally predictable and lacks both the imagination and the complexity to deliver anything romantic or interesting.
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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jun. 2004
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This movie is set in Sarawak in the 30's, and being from around this area, i can see how close to the truth it is! Although Alba is of a hispanic mix, she plays the character of an Iban girl very well, including the accent! Dancy is also..*ahem* yummy and really knows how to play the naive Englishman! I recomend this movie to all who enjoy love stories like this. Definately a ladies movie!
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This well-acted and interesting film is of a recently-graduated young man from England who takes up a position of authority in the British colony of Sarawak in 1936.

He is told by the Governor that, in order for him to learn the local language, he should live with a hand-picked young local lady. This is a normal practice and before long, he has fallen in love with this beautiful young woman and his love is returned.

Everyone who sees the film will like it. It is different to the "normal" film that one sees. Take a look!
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I watched this film yesterday and it was a perfect film for a lazy sunny Sunday afternoon. I thoroughly enjoyed this and was captivated by Hugh Dancy he is a delight to watch as John Truscott. Jessica Alba does what she does best which is basically look pretty while being stubborn and sassy. This is a film I'd happily watch again and again. It's not going to change the world but it does make you think and is very enjoyable a really lovely good old fashioned film with a happy ending.
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My husband and I just watched for a 2nd time this most beautiful story. The film is simultaneously critical of the moral code in English Military History during the 1930 in Asia. The beautiful expressions of Jessica Alba are deeply touching. We feel that the tribal principal of sharing in the East puts Christianity to shame.
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Feb. 2004
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This is a beautiful film. Full of passion. I just had to keep watching it over and over again. Music is great too - very provokative. Well worth watching. Not many features on the dvd though, but the film definately makes up for it!
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