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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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Director:
Writers:
Isabel Coixet (writer)
Nanci Kincaid (book)
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Release Date:
7 March 2003 (Spain) See more »
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Plot:
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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Awards:
16 wins & 15 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Pretending the Bed is a Raft See more (130 total) »

Cast

  (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
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)
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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MPAA:
Rated R for language
Runtime:
106 min | Argentina:107 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Ann says that her birthday is in December. Later, she says she is an Aquarius. The astrological signs associated with December are Sagittarius and Capricorn. An Aquarius would have been born in late January or early February.See more »
Quotes:
Lee:Hey.
Ann:Hi.
Lee:My body hurt thinking you weren't gonna come.
Ann:I wasn't gonna come.
Lee:Well, I'm glad you did.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in 10 pelis (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sometime LaterSee more »

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65 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
Pretending the Bed is a Raft, 31 May 2005
Author: Benedict_Cumberbatch from Los Angeles, CA

The plot of this beautiful film seems a trivial melodrama, but the way it was told by scriptwriter/director Isabel Coixet makes a great difference. What could have turned into a hollow movie only made to make you cry, became a deep, witty and truly heartbreaking personal journey into a young woman's mind, Ann (beautifully performed by Sarah Polley). Ann is 23 years old, has two little daughters and one attentive husband, Don (Scott Speedman). They're poor and live in a trailer settled down at Ann's mother's back yard, but they're happy. When Ann gets to know that she has a terminal cancer which is going to kill her in a couple of months, she decides to live to the fullest - and doesn't tell anyone about her weak health state.

Isabel Coixet led everything wonderfully, and the entire cast is magnificent (even Scott Speedman is pretty good). Amanda Plummer, as Ann's obsessed-with-food friend, proves definitely her taste for bizarre characters (what's far from being a fault, in her case); Deborah Harry is surprising as Ann's bitter mother; Mark Ruffalo (one of the best actors nowadays), as a lonely man who falls in love with Ann, is captivating and passionate, and Leonor Watling is not only a beautiful Spanish girl. Maria de Medeiros and Alfred Molina enrich the film with their small parts. Everyone is great, but Sarah Polley definitely rules. She is much more talented than 95% of current Hollywood young "stars". Gwyneth Paltrow, for instance, would be ridiculous as Ann; but as Sarah Polley hasn't got 'starpower', she didn't even get an Oscar nomination. It's OK. Sarah doesn't need an Academy Award to prove her talent, and we won a great actress.

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