|Hugh Dancy||John Truscott|
|Bob Hoskins||Henry Bullard|
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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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I found this to be an unforgettable story. It disturbed, but did not disgust, me in so many ways. That those who went before were capable of walking away from those types of relationships without a glance over their shoulders rocked me. It made me wonder about the everyday people and the relationships we think we have.
This movie by Guy Jenkin lays the myth of the "noble savage" as a beautiful and "native teacher." Jessica Alba is the teacher and we know what she was teaching. Alba could be my teacher any time.