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Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)

R  |   |  Drama  |  19 October 2007 (USA)
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A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.



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Hope comes with letting go.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 October 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nos souvenirs brûlés  »

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,561,949 (USA) (19 October 2007)


$2,849,142 (USA) (26 October 2007)

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Dory Burke: Are you going to die like my dad?
Jerry Sunborne: Yeah.
Dory Burke: When?
Jerry Sunborne: As soon as possible, I hope.
Dory Burke: [pauses] You're kidding, right?
Jerry Sunborne: [muted] Ha ha.
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Powerful Story and Performances
10 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Went to a preview of this movie last night. I was blown away by the powerful performances of Benicio Del Torro and Halle Berry. Del Torro's performance was particularly moving - his best ever and Halle Berry definitely delivers. This is the story of a woman who appears to have been so invested in her husband as the center of her universe that when she tragically loses him, she turns to his best friend (who she has hated for years) to keep from losing her connection to her husband. In the course of events, she discovers the redeeming qualities her husband had always seen in him.

Del Torro gives a poignant performance of a drug addict who struggles to change his life after the loss of his best friend - with quiet dignity. A must see at least once. Although the movie is long, I can't imagine cutting one moment of this powerful story. Cinematically it's superb.

Everyone who knows anyone who has struggled with addiction will be gripped by the performance of Del Torro.

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