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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Maclean
Monsieur Farrin
Gwen Maclean
Fab Filippo ...
Michael (as Fabrizio Filippo)
Martin Maclean


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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it drew me in...
17 November 2002 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

I've just read a few of the comments on this film, and I can't believe how much people hated it. I adored it. I admit that I was bored at first, but then I suddenly found myself deep in it, and enthralled by the characters. I think that's why people didn't like it. If you're looking for a chronological narrative with closure, this isn't for you. But if you're looking for an in-depth and personal look into people's lives, and how lonely, confused, and scared they can be, this is it.

Sarah Polley is incredible as always. She's been one of my favorites for years. And Catherine O'Hara made me remember how much I adore her. She's absolutely wonderful. I could go on... Stephen Rea, Joe Pantoliano, everyone here has a chance to shine, and they do. They show you how people can hurt.

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