Two 17-year-old boys mark the new year by doing twelve dangerous but exciting tasks set for them by their friends.

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Jake
Bobby Barry ...
Steven
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Veronica
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Shelley
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Geraldine
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Robin
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Mrs. Fisher
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Mr. Diamond
Gregg Prentice ...
Ben
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Trout
Hannah Faulkner ...
Vicky
Liam Barr ...
Grebe
Ryan Davenport ...
Aziz
Emilie François ...
Heather (as Emilie Frabcois)
Nicole Charles ...
Luanda
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Two teenage boys decide to live for one more year then commit suicide after their classmates are killed in a school tragedy. But they can only take their own lives after completing a mysterious series of tasks written in blood in "The Book Of Life". Written by Ralph Brown

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12 reasons to live. 12 reasons to die. See more »

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2 November 2001 (UK)  »

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Un été pour tout vivre  »

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Emotional and entertaining
30 November 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Anyone who has ever wondered what teenagers would get up to if they were freed from any obligations to their future will find New Year's Day quiet an interesting little morsel. A psychologist's dream study, it's also a rather effective film. MP's son Steven and under-privileged Jake are best friends at school. The desperation of each others parents, the 16-year-olds even have their own language. When they go on a school Christmas skiing trip, it's a great adventure. But it turns quickly to tragedy when on the first day the group of 11 friends is hit by an avalanche, and Jake and Steve are the only survivors. Returning to England, the pair are swamped in the emotion of a grieving town and a mass funeral (a particularly hard-hitting scene sees a long line of coffins on their way to the grave). As the townsfolk try to come to terms with the loss, Jake and Steven feel separated from everyone - that they should have died in the avalanche as well. So near the start of the film, on New Year's Day, we find Jake and Steve on a clifftop, ready to jump to their deaths - then deciding to live another year, to do the things they dreamed of doing. To cheat fate for a year. And so the film sets off apace, with the pair on a plan to rob a bank, burning down buildings, perform surgery, and so on. Director Suri Krishnamma sets the pace well, with the lads' exploits starting off in high spirits but slowly, uncomfortably, taking a darker turn. The two leads Andrew Lee Potts (Jake) and Bobby Barry (Steven) are both excellent, giving their characters a real sense of depth and direction. On the other hand, the ancillary characters are never really developed, and the film falters particularly in the uneasy sections with counsellor Geraldine (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), who doesn't quite hit the right note as a social worker. On the whole though, this is a well filmed piece of work - emotional and dramatic.


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