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A man and a woman work together to teach another, young woman to speak, or are caring for her. Maybe the young woman is autistic. All I can remember is the woman saying "razor" and "mirror" and something that sounded like "check-a may-may." I thought that Jodie Foster was in it (as the woman learning to speak)...maybe someone that looks like her? Would have been from the 1980s or early 90s.

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You might be thinking of the film Nell Jodie Foster plays a woman who has had no interaction with the outside world. Doctors who work with autistic patients are brought in to evaluate her. At first they believe that she speaks an original language but the come to realize that she is speaking English, but that she had learned it from her mother who had endured a stroke and was unable to pronounce words normally. Nell had a twin sister named May, and she would say "Check-a-may-may" when she wanted to go visit her sister's grave.

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When Dennis Miller had his HBO specials, he had a special 'rant' entry for Nell. Dennis Miller's Advice On What the Other Sex Wants : See #6 under '...what men want from women...' – wbogacz Jul 11 '12 at 20:05
The man and woman are played by Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardaon, respectively. This film also has an interesting take on twinspeak. – Adele C Jul 12 '12 at 2:25

It could be Children of a Lesser God

James is a new speech teacher at a school for the deaf. He falls for Sarah, a pupil who decided to stay on at the school rather than venture into the big bad world. She shuns him at first, refusing to read his lips and only using signs

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