The Unspoken

Real truth is rarely spoken

Jean, a small town child preacher traumatized by child abuse, grows up in a mental institution without speaking. At age 26, he is involuntarily released and ends up in a broken-down, abandoned motel. There he happens upon Cory, a woman whose past is equally troubled. Together, they begin a precarious journey of healing through their mutual care. But the process is complicated by a confrontation with Jean’s abusive mother and an encounter with a traveling preacher.

Reviews and More

'Frederick Marx, best known for co-directing HOOP DREAMS, delivers a slam-dunk with this startlingly unsettling film. The film is a beautiful meditation on the concept of nature vs. nurture as it follows a whacked-out hero’s journey of a man — whose been tossed out of an insane asylum — and his relations with an equally mad woman. The film deals with self-discovery by using archetypal themes, mythological overtones and Garden of Eden references. The best advice for this film is ‘Don’t ask questions just go with the flow.’ It’s a crowd pleaser on a cerebral level.' - Independent Film Magazine

'Rob Sweeny's stunningly varied lensing and the scope of Helmer's ambition reward serious investment.' - Variety

Produced by Warrior Films - to find out more, visit

 The Unspoken
(1999) on IMDb

The Producers

Frederick Marx - Director

Frederick Marx has lived his life mission as a socially dedicated film artist for 45 years. He is an internationally acclaimed, Oscar and Emmy nominated producer/director. He was named a Chicago Tribune Artist of the Year, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a recipient of a Robert F. Kennedy Special Achievement Award. His film HOOP DREAMS played in hundreds of theatres nationwide after winning the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and was the first documentary ever chosen to close the New York Film Festival. It was on over 100 “Ten Best” lists nationwide and was named Best Film of the Year by critics Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel, Gene Shalit, and Ken Turran and by the Chicago Film Critics Association. Ebert also named it Best Film of the Decade. Prestigious awards include: Academy Nomination (Best Editing), Producer’s Guild, Editor’s Guild (ACE), Peabody Awards, the Prix Italia (Europe’s top documentary prize) and The National Society of Film Critics Award. Utne Reader named it one of 150 of humanity’s “essential works,” the Library of Congress recently added it to its prestigious National Film Registry, and the International Documentary Association named it the Best Documentary Ever.

THE UNSPOKEN (1999), Marx’s first feature film, features stellar performances from star Sergei Shnirev of the famed Moscow Art Theatre (Russian voice of Disney’s ALADDIN), and Harry J. Lennix, most known for MATRIX, Spike Lee’s GET ON THE BUS, Tim Robbins’ BOB ROBERTS, and Julie Taymor’s TITUS. A hobbyist songwriter, Marx recorded a number of his songs collectively known as ROLLING STEEL (1991).

This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. For more info see our Cookies Policy