The Sleeping Dictionary


The Sleeping Dictionary

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Guy Jenkin directs this straight-to-video romantic drama shot on-location in Malaysia. In the rainforests of Boreno in the 1930s, English officer John Truscott (Hugh Dancy) accepts a position to colonize the native population of Sarawak at the request of the British government. In following with the native tradition, he is given the services of a servant, Selima (Jessica Alba). A position that British officers refer to as a "sleeping dictionary," she is a concubine to share his bed and teach him the local language. The tradition forbids romantic entanglements, so the relationship is watched over by superior officer Henry Bullard (Bob Hoskins) and his wife, Aggie (Brenda Blethyn). When Selima and John fall madly in love, they enrage both the colonizers and the colonized. Also starring Emily Mortimer and Noah Taylor.

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Audience Reviews for The Sleeping Dictionary

  • Sep 15, 2010
    I kinda love it... maybe esp. since the actors are speaking Malay.
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 22, 2009
    <a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" 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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