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My Life So Far (1999)

Memoir of the lives of a family growing up on a post World War I British estate headed up by a strong disciplinarian, her daughter, her inventor husband, their ten year old son, and his ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aunt Heloise (as Irene Jacob)
Uncle Morris MacIntosh
Robert Norman ...
Gabriel Chenoux (as Tcheky Karyo)
Roddy McDonald ...
Daniel Baird ...
Jennifer Fergie ...
Kirstin Smith ...
Meg (as Kirsten Smith)
Sean Scanlan ...
Andrew Burns
John Bett ...
Uncle Crawford
Anne Lacey ...
Aunt Eunice


Memoir of the lives of a family growing up on a post World War I British estate headed up by a strong disciplinarian, her daughter, her inventor husband, their ten year old son, and his older sister. Through the household comes a number of suitors hoping to impress the young woman, including an aviator. When the elder woman's son shows up at the estate with his French fiancé, everything gets thrown into turmoil. The young boy takes a sudden interest in her sexual allure and his father is disturbed by his own non-Victorian feelings. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Imagine a summer in paradise with nothing to do except everything your heart desires.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, including some nude pictures | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 August 1999 (Singapore)  »

Also Known As:

World of Moss  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,937, 25 July 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$616,310, 12 September 1999
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film is based on the memoirs of Denis Forman, a British television mogul born 10/13/1917, and is presumed to be set in 1927 when Denis Forman turned 10 years old (the age of Fraser Pettigrew in the film). See more »


(at around 53 mins) When Edward crosses stage right to Uncle Morris MacIntosh a reflection of the boom mic is clearly visible in the glass covering the artwork on the back wall. See more »


Fraser Pettigrew: [voiceover] It's dad's fault if I'm ignorant, because he never tells me about anything useful. If you ask him why Beethoven is so wonderful, he says stuff like, "Beethoven is the sound of God, talking in his sleep."
Fraser Pettigrew: [voiceover continues, as sounds of Beethoven's music play in the background] And if you ask him why he hates jazz, he says things like, "Jazz is the sound of the Devil, sniggering at our folly, Fraser." So you end up not knowing anything... except now I know for sure the Devil *...
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Crazy Credits

Grateful special thanks to the entire Miramax London operation and the people of Stracchur & Cairndow. See more »


The Sunny Side of the Street
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyric by Dorothy Fields
Published by Memory Lane Music Ltd./Lawrence Wright Music Co. Ltd./MCA Music Inc./Songwriters Guild of America
Performed by Louis Armstrong
Courtesy of MCA Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets/Universal Music (UK) Ltd.
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A kind family & precocious child in a gentle setting
19 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

Many summaries have described this film's plot as a love triangle that occurs in turn-of-the-century Scotland. Nonsense. What is this tendency to pigeonhole films by the time and place

in which they occurred? Maybe its because of Hollow-wood's tendency to create shallow "costume dramas." If a film has any merit at all, it is because it TRANSCENDS its setting, and speaks to its audience, whoever and wherever they are.

"My Life So Far" is a story of the intellectual development of a very bright child. His piecing together and puzzling out of the complex emotions of the people around him, in addition to his own feelings and experiences, and the information he receives via overheard conversations, books, music and so forth are interesting and original and seem totally spontaneous. It is a joy to experience what he experiences.

The ensemble acting is effortless, especially the child actor, who is so spontaneous and self-absorbed, you feel you are a member of the family, not an onlooker. Production values are sterling. The shots of the huge Scottish castle and its beautiful lands are somehow comforting. (This is neither a child's film, nor an adult's film. "My Life So Far" doesn't really have a niche, and that may be why it has not been widely distributed).

It is a film to see to renew your memories of being a child and to cause you to meditate on what daily life can be like for a child who is alert, intelligent, and surrounded by love and a good home.

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