'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Movies about novelists frequently fall into the trap of trying to visualize the act of writing. From the point of view of the observer, writing is a sedentary, monotonous activity that does not engage the viewer at the level of, say, a car chase. "The Words" takes the neat tack of trying to capture a writer not at the moment of creation, but at the moment when he chooses to betray the soul of his art by stealing another writer's work.