The Sleeping Dictionary
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The Sleeping Dictionary
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… More
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"If your taste runs to palm fronds and moonlit rendezvous, you might enjoy this impeccably produced bit of kitsch."
‑ Robert Pardi, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"I can't say much for the wandering storyline..."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"A rather stiff soap opera romantic-melodrama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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