It has been a long time I am trying to identify a movies I've seen but can't remember the title. I may have seen it in the late 90's or early 2000's. I saw it on TV in France.

It's very vague, but here it is all the details I remember.

  • It's about a woman who hears voices all the time, saying only 0, 1 or 2.
  • Other people think she is mad (related or not, can't tell).
  • She feels better when she writes what she hears.
  • At one time, someone suggest to pin all her papers on a wall.
  • They identify it is binary code, but gets puzzled at the 2's.
  • When they connect the 2's it forms a drawing.
  • The drawing represents the Pioneer plaque with an extra character on it.

Can't remember anything else.


It's the episode The Message of The Outer Limits TV show:

From the Wikipedia article about Pioneer plaque:

In "The Message," an episode of the science fiction series The Outer Limits, a deaf woman was featured receiving alien signals through her cochlear implant, prompting her to write out Xs, 1s, and 0s on paper. When put together, the Xs turned into the images of the man and woman from the plaque, along with an extraterrestrial humanoid raising a hand in a peaceful gesture.

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    This is the magic of the Internet, Thanks a lot !
    – mirage
    Oct 18 '16 at 13:38
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    @mirage I only found it because I didn't know what the Pioneer plaque is :-) It turned out I did know, I only wasn't aware that it's called this way. Oct 18 '16 at 13:40
  • As an alternative, this is a major plot point in Contact.
    – cde
    Oct 18 '16 at 22:07
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    Not only am I blown away by how good you people are at identifying movies based on sketchy descriptions -- but also your response time is incredible! This is such a great SE.
    – KlaymenDK
    Oct 19 '16 at 8:47
  • @KlaymenDK Thanks, although this one was in fact very easy to find - there aren't that many movies and shows that have Pioneer plaque as a plot device. Plus, as mentioned above, it was really incidentally. Generally most of my IDs answers are for the movies and shows I know, so if I didn't get curious about an unknown term I would have skipped this one. Oct 19 '16 at 15:07

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