The trailer for Words & Pictures, starring Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen, makes it look like a light romantic comedy.
The promo oversimplifies the story to its most basic elements: two teachers at a private high school clash on the relative importance of art and literature while falling in love.
Not the movie; it was lovely. What is tragic is everything the trailer leaves out.
I don’t expect it to reveal every detail — I’d prefer it didn’t — but the love story in W&P is very specific to the two teachers’ ages, health issues, and work and family situations. It’s complicated because their lives are more complicated, which makes it a more interesting and multi-layered story.
And it deserves a trailer that reflects that.
Oh well, I’m a happy camper — I got way more movie than I expected!