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Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)

 -  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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Grief, recovery, and human contact. Brian is a great guy - a sweet father, a good husband, and a loyal friend to his boyhood pal Jerry who's a junkie. When tragedy strikes, Jerry tries to help Brian's wife and children cope, and Audrey, Brian's widow, tries to help Jerry kick the habit. Loss and addiction are stubborn. The story starts on the day of the funeral, with Brian appearing in flashbacks. A neighbor's divorce, a dinner party that includes a young woman from the Narcotics Anonymous group Jerry attends, and thinking back to a fire in Brian and Audrey's garage give the story texture. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Hope comes with letting go.

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Rated R for drug content and language | See all certifications »
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19 October 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nos souvenirs brûlés  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$2,849,142 (USA) (26 October 2007)
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Release prints were shipped to some theaters under the fake title "Water". See more »

Quotes

Audrey Burke: This is a list of all the things we lost in the fire. He's gone.
[breaking down]
Audrey Burke: He's gone.
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References Meet the Fockers (2004) See more »

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Written by Don Van Vliet (as Don Vliet)
Performed by Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band (as Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band)
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Rather than offering the usual trite "Make Sure You Don't Miss This Film" I will simply say, "Don't Bother Watching Anything Else In 2008"

Having worked as a drug councilor back in the early 70s I can assure you that this stunning film doesn't just get it right when it comes to the horrors of heroin addiction it provides powerful hints as to the best way for an addict to make good his escape! Anyone working in the field would do well to buy the movie and watch it over and over and over. NA might also put it to good use within its groups.

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My hat is off to everyone involved in this stunning piece of work! Brilliant script, brilliant directing, brilliant acting and some of the most innovative and creative camera work that I've every had the joy of experiencing!


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