Words and Pictures trailer

Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche might not be the last people you’d expect to star in a cutesy romcom together, but they certainly aren’t the first. And yet, here they are in the new Words and Pictures trailer, engaging in an adorable verbal war over whether the pen is mightier than the paintbrush.

He plays English teacher Jack Marcus, who seems reasonably well-liked by his students but is battling some demons within. She plays the brittle new art teacher, Dina Delsanto, who initially acts as if she has no time for his nonsense. Teaching prep school wasn’t plan A for either of them — he was once a literary star, she’s a dried-up painter — but once their paths cross they find inspiration in one another. Watch the Words and Pictures trailer after the jump.

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