My Life Without Me (2003)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  7 March 2003 (Spain)
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A young woman conceals the fact of her terminal cancer to live her life with a passion she never had before.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann's Mother (as Deborah Harry)
The Hairdresser
Dr. Thompson
Kenya Jo Kennedy ...
Esther García ...
Woman who does nails
Camille Martinez ...
(as Camille Martínez)
María Cami
Deanne Henry ...
Nurse #1


Ann, 23 years old, lives a modest life with her two kids and her husband in a trailer in her mother's garden. Her life takes a dramatic turn, when her doctor tells her that she has uterine cancer and only two months to live. She compiles a list of things to do before she dies. Written by Moritz Muehlenhoff <>

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 March 2003 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Mi vida sin mí  »

Box Office


€2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$40,515 (USA) (26 September 2003)


$395,592 (USA) (12 December 2003)

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When Ann is standing in the rain at the beginning of the movie, she seems to be alone. In one shot, you can see a male face behind her. See more »


Ann's Father: You love someone and you can't make them happy. It's kind of like you love them, but... you can't love them the way they wanna be loved.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


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21 November 2003 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

Really, this film should be too much to bear. An attractive young mother discovers she has 2 months to live and sets about trying to make use of her time doing things for herself and the people she loves; but keeping her diagnosis to herself. The film intentionally concentrates on the start of this period, allowing it to soft-focus the pain, and from a certain perspective, everything works out with an almost synthetic convenience. And yet this is a great film. All the performances are spot on (even Debbie Harry is great against type), and it's full of humour, not black death-defying humour but the life-affirming humour of everyday life. Additionally, the film is wonderfully constructed, both in the skill with which it moves between scenes and also in the larger way the story in told (the entire plot is structured around an eventual suicide that is only implied) - cloyingness is averted through the confidence the director has in the tale and the cast. Death is surely never this romantic, but in its own way this film is as harrying as Mike Nicholls' 'Wit'. A painful film, but one that makes you glad to be alive.

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