The Sleeping Dictionary

2003, Romance/Drama, 1h 49m

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During the 1930s, British officer John Truscott (Hugh Dancy) journeys to a remote village in colonial Malaysia to educate and Westernize the local Iban population. There, he is introduced to Selima (Jessica Alba), a lovely Iban woman. In keeping with tradition, Selima is assigned to sleep with John and teach him the native language and customs. But when they begin to fall in love, both the colonists and the natives object to their plans to marry.

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  • Sep 15, 2010
    I kinda love it... maybe esp. since the actors are speaking Malay.
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 22, 2009
    <a href="http://tinypic.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i32.tinypic.com/27yrew0.jpg" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a> The Sleeping Dictionary was a lovely romance with emotional character interpretations.Jessica Alba was perfect in this role and she was looking so young. The movie itself was very good and enjoyable to watch.The chemistry of Jessica Alba and Hugh Dancy was breathtaking and the supporting cast such as Bob Hoskins, Emily Mortimer and Brenda Blethyn was also amazing. There were little actions scenes, not much, but all that it was about was a simple love story and that worked for me.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2009
    I remembered Tarzan while watching it. I learned something in this film. This film was never shown on theaters, only on DVDs. It's worth watching. Jessica Alba was "cute" because of her "Asian accent". The story was nice and funny. Nothing more to say.
    Lemuel M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2008
    This I never saw advertised in the cinema, but I watched it because of Jessica Albas recent fame. I would have expected it would have been a more popular film, its good, its fun, adult family film for the parents perhaps. Its a Romance.
    Alexander W Super Reviewer

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