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Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)

R | | Drama | 19 October 2007 (USA)
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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Grandma Ginnie Burke
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Teresa Haddock (as Carolyn Field)
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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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Drama

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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) (21 October 2007)

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$3,287,315 (USA)
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Release prints were shipped to some theaters under the fake title "Water". See more »

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Audrey Burke: How'd you know about the movies?
Jerry Sunborne: Brian told me.
Audrey Burke: Hm. So how the fuck did you know about it and I didn't?
Jerry Sunborne: I don't know.
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Jerry Sunborne: Maybe he knew if you did, you wouldn't let him do it again.
[says questionably]
Jerry Sunborne: Just don't take it out on her, okay? It's not her fault.
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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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Great Story, Great Acting and Directing!!
5 October 2007 | by (Mesa, Arizona) – See all my reviews

Saw this last evening at a preview screening here in Arizona and it was a LOT heavier than the trailer leads you to believe, which, I for one, was grateful for! Granted, this is only MY opinion, but I think that Halle does some of her best work in a long time here and for me, ranks up there with Monster's Ball and Losing Isaiah. Of course, Benecio is a great pleasure to watch as always, playing the demonized friend of David Duchovny, but I think Halle rises just a notch up everything here and truly shines! The supporting cast is also really enjoyable to watch, especially John Carroll Lynch playing a next door neighbor who finds an unlikely friend in Benecio's character. Great camera work and great direction all the way around and although the film is a bit long, I am glad the director had the wisdom not to rush through the story. Great film and I cannot wait to purchase it on DVD!


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