Words in Blue

Words in Blue (original title: Les Mots bleus) is a 2005 French drama film adapted from the novel Leur histoire by French author Dominique Mainard. The film was adapted and directed by Alain Corneau.

Words in Blue
Film poster
Les Mots bleus
Directed byAlain Corneau
Produced byLaurent Pétin
Michèle Pétin
Screenplay byAlain Corneau
Based onLeur histoire
by Dominique Mainard
StarringSylvie Testud
Sergi López
Music byChristophe
CinematographyYves Angelo
Edited byThierry Derocles
Distributed byARP Sélection
Release date
  • 16 February 2005 (2005-02-16) (Berlinale)
  • 23 March 2005 (2005-03-23) (France)
Running time
115 minutes
French Sign Language
Budget€5 million[1]
Box office$661,951[2]


Clara, (Sylvie Testud), works in a birdshop. She is concerned about her deaf-mute daughter Anna, (Camille Gauthier), whom she is bringing up on her own. She has never spoken a single word. Clara herself is illiterate. Ever since her grandmother Baba, whom she adored, had been the victim of an attack when she was reading her a story, she has always refused to learn to read and write. Now that the silence of her daughter Anna is causing her to be bullied by her peers, Clara feels obliged to withdraw her from her school, and to enrol her in a school for the deaf-mute, run by Vincent, (Sergi López). Vincent, the principal, suggests giving his new pupil particular classes to teach her Sign Language, and so facilitate Anna's integration.


  • Sylvie Testud as Clara
  • Sergi López as Vincent
  • Camille Gauthier as Anna
  • Mar Sodupe as Muriel
  • Cédric Chevalme as Clara's husband
  • Isabelle Petit-Jacques as Anna's teacher
  • Gabrielle Lopes Benites as Muriel's daughter
  • Louis Pottier as Muriel's son
  • Esther Gorintin as Baba
  • Clarisse Baffier as Young Clara


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