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The Life Before This (1999)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  24 October 2000 (USA)
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Several innocent bystanders are injured or killed when two robbers, fleeing from the police, run into the neighborhood cafe.



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In Toronto, after a holdup goes awry, two gunmen kill or wound several people at a cafe. A flashback takes us through the victims' day. Sheena, a talkative woman approaching middle age, vacillates about showing up for a blind date. Jake, an attorney who has "borrowed" from a client's trust fund, faces ruin when she dies. Maggie, the ugly-duckling daughter of a TV star, gets an audition on her own and may be late for her shift at the cafe. A laconic bug exterminator, grieving for his dead daughter, goes through a day of pain and memory. Two prepubescent girls set up an elderly teacher on a charge of sexual impropriety. Can any make decisions that change the shooting outcome? Written by <>

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live each day ... it may be your last.

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »




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My Life Before This film...
30 November 1999 | by (CANADA) – See all my reviews

was great. I like the fact that I saw this at a free sneak preview. I'm upset that it was so bad and that Sarah Polley wasn't at the screening. Catherine O'Hara was really great as she always is, and it was filmed in Toronto and takes place there. Not many movies can claim that. Everyone makes T.O. into NYC. A very ambitious attempt at a good movie, but it fails miserably by having too many unfinished good stories, and too many horrible ones that drag. A good joke here and there really can't save it. Sarah Polley not up to par with previous works, but I might have to blame the direction on that one.

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