Directed and written by: Guy Jenkin
Jessica Alba as Selima
Brenda Blethyn as Aggie
Hugh Dancy as John Truscott
Bob Hoskins as Henry
My rating: 3
In 1936, the expatriated young and naive just-graduated British John Truscott arrives to the Sarawak, a British colony, to work in the Iban society.
The beautiful Selima is assigned to be his "sleeping dictionary", to live and sleep with him and teach him the language and habits of the locals.
The reluctant John and Selima fall in love for each other in a forbidden romance. -per imdb
Certainly an interesting way to learn the culture and language from a man's point of view with the risk of romance or "other" types of relationships to occur.
I wonder if the relationship work just as well in the reverse - if there were men sleeping dictionaries?
Although different, got me thinking of the Japanese geisha.