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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)  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$2,849,142 (USA) (26 October 2007)
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Audrey Burke: What's heroin like?
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Heavy but GOOD
19 October 2007 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

The Good: The writing and acting are top notch. The Bad: The hand held camera pans and scans and really, REALLY, close, close-ups are a little dis-concerting.

But Benicio DelToro is right on with his performance! Best acting I've seen in a while.

Saw the movie at a preview in Cleveland. The Theatre was packed, and the reaction from most people was that it was too heavy, too depressing. But it is exactly that quality that makes it ring true. The interplay between the neighbor that hates his wife and Benicio's character are perfect. A smaller role is played by Alison Lohman ( Matchstick Men ) was also very well acted.

A steadier camera without the wild pans and I would give it a 9 or 10.


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