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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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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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sarah Polley ... Ann

Amanda Plummer ... Laurie

Scott Speedman ... Don

Leonor Watling ... Ann, the Neighbor

Debbie Harry ... Ann's Mother (as Deborah Harry)

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
Valerie Venton .... special effects foreman
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
Location Management
Jaye Gazeley .... assistant location manager
Russ Hamilton .... location manager (as Russ 'Moviegod' Hamilton)
Peter Munro .... location scout
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
Beatriz Gordo .... assistant production accountant: Spain
John Knowlton .... production assistant
Jane McKernan .... production accountant
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:
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Did You Know?

Factual errors: Ann and Don claim they met at Nirvana's last concert. They live in Canada. Nirvana's last show was in Munich, Germany.See more »
[last lines]
Ann:[tape to Lee] I loved dancing with you.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in 10 pelis (2011)See more »
Baby Don't Forget My NumberSee more »


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51 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
A thoughtful and subtle film, 6 March 2005
Author: lisa_at_imdb from Sweden

Ann lives in a trailer with her considerate but not very thought-provoking husband and their two children. The trailer is very crowded and so is Anna's life. A mother at 17 Anna has never had any time to ponder about her life but she knows it might not be very fulfilling. When she finds out that she is terminally ill she has to face the choices she has made and that was made for her. She decides to make a list of all the things she wants do in the short time she has left, both big and small. This is where Mark Ruffalos character, a considerate and thought-provoking love-interest, makes an entrance.

This films moves slowly towards the inevitable end without ever becoming boring. The relationships between the characters are displayed by emotions and subtlety rather than words. The film has a very sad theme but is in many ways very hopeful. It shows that life can trap people down but also that every person has something special which can be used to change lives. I found this film to be warm, unsentimental, thoughtful, sad and uplifting. A bit like life itself.

If you liked this film as much as I did I can recommend Wilbur wants to kill himself and Before sunset.

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