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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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To die is a wonderful thing (no reality attached) See more (132 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
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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Rated R for language
106 min | Argentina:107 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
[Ann writes in journal]
Ann:1. Tell my daughters I love them several times.
Ann:2. Find Don a new wife who the girls like.
Ann:3. Record birthday messages for the girls for every year until they're 18.
Ann:4. Go to Whalebay Beach together and have a big picnic.
Ann:5. Smoke and drink as much as I want.
Ann:6. Say what I'm thinking.
Ann:7. Make love with other men to see what it's like.
Ann:8. Make someone fall in love with me.
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24 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
To die is a wonderful thing (no reality attached), 17 September 2003
Author: pollodiantres from New York

So, for writer director Coixet, cancer (an ovarian tumor expanded to the stomach) is a little bit more than a stomachache from time to time. Six years of life in a trailer in the backyard of a white trash polluted neighborhood, unemployment and a miserable job as a cleaning lady is the source of only one feeling: joy of life.

Maybe the only sickness Coixet have ever suffer is the flu and her only experience with working class people was when she missed the exit on the highway and was stop in a traffic light for 30 seconds. Or maybe she has seen to many war movies where brave soldiers die happily remembering her wife and where poor people are good and brave, and never worried for money.

I don't know, but simply put, for some reason this movie has nothing to do with reality, not even the `cinema reality'. So, this could be a kind of lovely Amelie, but with a terminal cancer. mmm, a minor inconvenience, nonetheless. After all, who wants to live forever?

The 23 years old Ann denies her condition. "Do you have candy?" she asks the doctor when he gives her the bad news. But, hold on, the pseudo-poetic voice-all-over informs us that she is in not denial, she knows she will die soon... But Coixet wants to probe a point, that´s the point of the film.

So, instead of any human feeling or reaction (what about fear, anger, sadness?), the happily dying Ann hides her condition from her lovely husband (he only seems to exists to play a wonderful husband, read stories to a couple of wonderful girls, clean the wonderful trailer) and from everybody, except us, of course, because we have to listen to the voice from time to time, and the voice knows the voice will die soon.

Few movies can get that far from reality to prove a finally pointless point: "life is good, make the most of it".

"My life without me" has the depth of a fortune cookie, the same insight into human nature, working class people; and, most of all, the same sweet but intolerable taste.

The story is simply ludicrous. Here is an example: she makes a list of things to do before dying (the Homer Simpson's one was a million times more honest and heartfelt).

Some highlights of the list: she hooks up with a lover, she goes and meets her father... what else? no, wrong, she already has seen the ocean, so you can take that out.

So, if after so much soap operas you still have some dignity left, stay miles away from this piece of cra.... sorry, candy.

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