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 overview, first billed only:
Ella Jones ...
Young Holly
Cameron Powrie ...
Young Nat
Nicky Henson ...
Hannah Bourne ...
Craig (as Russell Maybey)
Francis Lee ...
Eve Cooper-Rose ...


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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Rated R for language, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 November 2001 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida Sem Você  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£45,532 (UK) (23 November 2001)


$301,175 (USA) (27 September 2002)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


While filming, Michelle Williams had to constantly fly back and forth between the UK and the North Carolina, USA to work on her television series _Dawson's Creek (1998)_. See more »


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 »


[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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References Wild Strawberries (1957) See more »


(Drawing) Rings Around the World
Performed by Super Furry Animals
Produced by Chris Shaw and Super Furry Animals
Courtesy of Epic Records/Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd
Written by Huw Bunford (as Bunford) / Cian Ciaran (as Ciaran) / Dafydd Ieuan (as Leuan) / Guto Pryce (as Pryce) / Gruff Rhys (as Rhys)
Published by Universal Publishing Ltd
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Coming-of-age sans treacle
28 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the best depictions of female adolescence, and the intensity of female "best friend"ships I've seen. Good attention to detail. Doesn't pull its punches on sex, drugs & rock'n'roll - neither glamourizing nor moralizing. It might take courage for parents to let their teenagers see it, but it's delusional to think kids don't know about these things. Good to see it handled intelligently.

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