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Me Without You (2001)

R  |   |  Drama  |  23 November 2001 (UK)
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Two best friends grow up on the Isle of Wight and in Brighton in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ella Jones ...
Young Holly
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Cameron Powrie ...
Young Nat
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Linda
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Max
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Judith
Nicky Henson ...
Ray
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Nat
Hannah Bourne ...
Carolyn
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Craig (as Russell Maybey)
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Tim
Francis Lee ...
Paul
Eve Cooper-Rose ...
Sophie
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Growing up in the 1970s on the Isle of Wight, Holly and Marina make a childhood pact to be friends forever. For the troubled, unpredictable Marina, with her seemingly glamorous father and her Valium-addicted mother, Holly stays the only constant in a life of divorcing parents, experimental drugs and fashionable self-destruction. Meanwhile, Holly buries herself in books out of feelings of frustration with her over-protective mother and a nagging insecurity around her beautiful and possessive best friend. She holds just one secret from Marina, her increasing passion for Marina's brother Nat. As the years roll by, the girls experience everything life has to offer, sex, love, loss and rock 'n roll. But eventually for Holly, a friendship which has never been equal gradually begins to feel like a trap. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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From Sandra Goldbacher, writer/director of The Governess, comes a film about the agonies and ecstasies of friendship.

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23 November 2001 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida Sem Você  »

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Opening Weekend:

£45,532 (UK) (23 November 2001)

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$301,175 (USA) (27 September 2002)
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Anna Friel originally auditioned for the role of Holly. See more »

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In 1982 fragment "Do you want me to want you to?" Holly said her favorite film of Tarkovsky was "Nostalghia" (1983) which hadn't been released yet by that time. See more »

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[first lines]
Young Marina: [to blindfolded Holly] Take a step forward. And another one. And another. Right leg up. Higher. What's the matter, don't you trust me.
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Just Can't Get Enough
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Gorgeous Portrayal of Living
29 March 2004 | by (Jackson, Mississippi) – See all my reviews

Every actor gives a remarkable performance in this film which has become my new favorite. Even the soundtrack is excellent, combining The Clash, Echo the Bunnymen, along with other pulsing musical giants, it provides a perfect backdrop to the gorgeous storyline. This simple however very rich tapestry of two young girls growing up together throughout the 70's, 80's, until today reminds me why I love movies. And the character of Nat (Oliver Milburn) reminds me why I want to love. I could watch it over and again still never tiring of the struggle between the two main characters Holly and Marina to grow up into independence. This is especially difficult for Holly as she strives to live under her best/worst friend Marina's constant control. She manipulates every situation with no shame in order to keep Holly closely tied to her and out of her older brother's (Nat) arms. It is a truly intense dynamic between these three souls, one that has inspired me to recommend the movie to others, both men and women as it reaches both sexes. Looks can be deceiving because it is no chick flick, but a highly interesting portrayal of human behavior, highlighted by flaws each one of us have and take for granted. So if you want to see a movie that will stay with you always see this one. It's clever, incredibly moving and intelligently sexy. I highly recommend it!!! : )


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