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My Life Without Me -- 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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Isabel Coixet (writer)
Nanci Kincaid (book)
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Release Date:
7 March 2003 (Spain) See more »
A young woman conceals the fact of her terminal cancer to live her life with a passion she never had before. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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16 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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so much more than just a sad movie... See more (133 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sarah Polley ... Ann

Amanda Plummer ... Laurie

Scott Speedman ... Don

Leonor Watling ... Ann, the Neighbor

Deborah Harry ... Ann's Mother

Maria de Medeiros ... The Hairdresser

Mark Ruffalo ... Lee

Julian Richings ... Dr. Thompson
Kenya Jo Kennedy ... Patsy

Jessica Amlee ... Penny
Esther García ... Woman who does nails
Camille Martinez (as Camille Martínez)
María Cami
Deanne Henry ... Waitress

Gillian Barber ... Nurse #1
Errin Clutton
Jerry Thompson
Morgan Brayton ... Nurse #2
Sam Barnett
Lauren Diewold ... Nurse #2 - Young
Neezor Elerezeli
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sonja Bennett ... Sarah (uncredited)

Tyron Leitso ... Guy in Bar (uncredited)

Alfred Molina ... Ann's Father (uncredited)

Directed by
Isabel Coixet 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Isabel Coixet  writer
Nanci Kincaid  book "Pretending the Bed is a Raft"

Produced by
Agustín Almodóvar .... executive producer
Pedro Almodóvar .... executive producer
Esther García .... producer
Ogden Gavanski .... executive producer
Gordon McLennan .... producer
Michel Ruben .... associate producer
Jordi Torrent .... line producer
Original Music by
Alfonso de Vilallonga 
Cinematography by
Jean-Claude Larrieu 
Film Editing by
Lisa Robison 
Casting by
Heidi Levitt 
Monika Mikkelsen 
Production Design by
Carol Lavallee 
Art Direction by
Shelley Bolton 
Set Decoration by
Shelley Bolton 
Costume Design by
Katia Stano 
Makeup Department
Melanie Burke .... hair stylist
Diana Davison .... key makeup artist
Maria Gleeson .... makeup swing
Production Management
Dan Schlanger .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gurjit Chohan .... third assistant director
Debra Herst .... second assistant director
Sandra Mayo .... first assistant director
Art Department
Paul Brown .... assistant set decorator
Tim Higgins .... set dresser
Rubén Rivas .... graphic designer
Craig Stokes .... property master
Amy Wilding .... on-set dresser
Sound Department
Biel Cabré .... assistant sound editor
Manuel Corrales .... foley artist
Matthew Davies .... ADR recording and edit
Viorel Ghiocel .... boom operator
Patrick Ghislain .... sound re-recording mixer
Albert Manera .... sound editor
Albert Manera .... sound supervisor
Iván Mayoral .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Albert Nieto .... assistant sound editor
Fabiola Ordoyo .... sound editor
Sebastian Salm .... sound
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby sound consultant
Special Effects by
Bill Mills .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Pedro Martínez .... digital effects artist
José Rossi .... digital effects artist: titles
Pablo Urrutia .... digital effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Akester .... still photographer
Jim Bach .... video playback operator
Trevor Berry .... best boy grip
Natasha Braier .... director of photography: second unit (as Natasha Brier)
Isabel Coixet .... camera operator
Pascal Pillot-Bruhat .... gaffer
Thomas Ryan Pilon .... key grip
Richard Porta .... second assistant camera
Adrienne Richards .... camera loader
Jeff Seeger .... lamp operator
Randy Swanson .... grip
Casting Department
Heike Brandstatter .... casting: Canada
L.A. Hilts .... extras casting (as Lesleyanne Hilts)
Coreen Mayrs .... casting: Canada
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Judith Feller .... truck costumer
Marie Hock .... costumer
Patti Rempel .... assistant costume designer
Roza Savvas .... set costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Irene Blecua .... assistant editor: Spain
Ascen Marchena .... post-production assistant
Kristian Olsen .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ricky Arailza .... musician: acoustic guitar
Emili Brugalla .... musician: piano
Miguel Ángel Cordero .... musician: double bass
Lucio Godoy .... music producer
Farran James .... musician: violin
Olvido Lanza .... musician: violin
Manuel Martínez del Fresno .... musician: cello
Chop Suey .... composer: song "Humans Like You"
Montse Valle .... musician: viola
Transportation Department
Frank Guadagno .... driver: cast
Ben Liljedahl .... transportation captain
Rico Rogers .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Barbara Chisholm .... assistant production coordinator
Adela Donamaría .... production secretary
Ashley Fester .... production assistant
Covadonga R. Gamboa .... production coordinator: Spain
Lola García .... office manager
Jaye Gazeley .... assistant location manager
Beatriz Gordo .... assistant production accountant: Spain
Russ Hamilton .... location manager (as Russ 'Moviegod' Hamilton)
John Knowlton .... production assistant
Jane McKernan .... production accountant
Peter Munro .... location scout
David Rockwell .... production accountant
Ana Sanz .... secretary to producer
Paz Sufrategui .... unit publicist
Denise Szabo .... craft service
Denise Szabo .... first aid
Abigail Tucker .... production coordinator
Óscar Valero .... production accountant: Spain
Anne Worrall .... script supervisor

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Rated R for language
106 min | Argentina:107 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Continuity: In the scene where Lee and Ann are at Lee's house and Lee reads Ann a passage from a book, Ann throws away the book irritated after a few sentences. In the next shot, the floor where the book should have ended up is empty.See more »
Lee:Ann, it's something I have to tell you and I have to tell you now.
Ann:Lee, I'm...
Lee:I love you! I'm in love with you... And the world seens less terrible because you exist! I feel like I wanna be with you for the rest of my life... And all that, the palpitations, and the nerves... the pain, the happiness, and the fear! I wanna... I wanna touch you all the times! I wanna take care of you and your girls! And even find your husband a decent job! And get you a house that doesn't have wheels and...
Ann:Careful... That sounds like a classic case of falling in love.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rebel·lió a l'aula (2005)See more »
Senza FineSee more »


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
so much more than just a sad movie..., 16 May 2004
Author: two00five from berkeley, ca

If you are in the mood to cry and be moved and touched then this is the movie for you. Even though it has a very sad story doesn't leave you extremely depressed like most sad movies do. The movie is very well done both artistically and acting wise. The main character is so beautiful but in a very real way. I think that's one reason why it is so easy to relate to this women and her life. She is a very strong women through her last few months before she knows she's going to die, which I find to be very refreshing, compared to just watching a sad, depressed, angry women dying. When I tell people what this movie is about they usually don't seem very enthusiastic about seeing a movie about a women who knows she's going to die, but let me just say it is so much more than just that! I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone that is sensitive and deep and compassionate. I loved it. It also makes you really look at your life and makes you want to live life to the fullest. Give it a try!

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