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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Dubrovsky ...
Maureen Thomas ...
Grandma Ginnie Burke
Howard's Wife
Distressed Man (as VJ Foster)
Caroline Field ...
Teresa Haddock (as Carolyn Field)


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 <>

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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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Harper Burke: Why is Grandma sleeping all day?
Audrey Burke: She's sedated.
Harper Burke: I don't know what that means, Mom.
Audrey Burke: She's taking pills to help her sleep. She lost her son, Harper. That's the worst pain anyone can go through.
Harper Burke: Worse than losing your dad?
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »


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