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The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 14 August 2009 (USA)
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A Chicago librarian has a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, creating complications in his marriage.



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When Henry DeTamble meets Clare Abshire in a Chicago library they both understand that he is a time traveler, but she knows much more about him as he has not yet been to the times and places where they have already met. He falls in love with her, as she has already with him, but his continuing unavoidable absences while time traveling - and then returning with increasing knowledge of their future - makes things ever more difficult for Clare. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, brief disturbing images, nudity and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 August 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Te amaré por siempre  »

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Box Office


$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,410,333 (UK) (14 August 2009)


$63,411,478 (USA) (27 November 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the third movie in which Rachel McAdams stars as the love interest of a time traveler. The other ones are About time (2013), in which she played the titular wife to Domhnall Gleeson's character and Midnight in Paris (2011), in which she played the fiancée of Owen Wilson's character. See more »


In the fireworks scene just before Henry is about to die and Clare is sitting on Henry's lap, when we see her face she is dry-eyed. When the camera shows her face from the back looking at Henry she has clearly been crying, with a tear rolling down her face, and the next shot shows her dry-eyed again. See more »


[first lines]
Henry at Six: [giving up] I can't sing.
Annette DeTamble: That was fine, Henry.
Henry at Six: I can't sing like you.
Annette DeTamble: Of course not. You're supposed to sing like you.
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Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Written by Micheal Praetorius
Performed by Mycheal Danna
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It's about life long metaphors, not the science.
14 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Something I often find bothersome in 'time travel fiction' is that there is usually a large chunk of the storytelling dedicated to the tedium of explaining 'how' time travel works, particularly when time travel is merely a device to aid the storytelling. We don't really need to know the science behind it because, simply put, science can neither logically explain its paradoxical nature, nor prove or dispute its possibility. "The Time Traveler's Wife" never makes pretenses to the science behind it, rather it centers its focus on the story.

At the heart of this film is a love story and the complexities that people bring to their relationships. What I liked most was its metaphorical allusion to the distance in relationships and how the important people in our lives stay with us even after they are gone. The scenes between Henry and young Clare were especially moving because they took literally the notion of feeling like you have known someone your whole life. It's kind of like when you share stories from your past with friends and significant others, retelling them time and again until your experiences are indistinguishable from theirs, except in the case of Henry and Clare, the experiences are real if not linear.

Just go and watch it. Decide for yourself if you like it. Just don't dwell too much on the technicalities. After all, Scientific Theorists have been slamming their heads against the wall on the matter of time travel for centuries. Take the story for what it is and enjoy the ride.

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