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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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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Release prints were shipped to some theaters under the fake title "Water". See more »


Audrey Burke: What you did today broke my heart.
Jerry Sunborne: What did I do?
Audrey Burke: You got Dory to put his head under the water.
Jerry Sunborne: Oh, that was just a cute trick...
Audrey Burke: He's six. Harper put hers under when she was only three. It was something that Brian tried and tried to get Dory to do, but he couldn't. And that victory today of getting Dory's head to go under was not supposed to be YOURS. It wasn't meant for you to have that moment. And for me, watching you was like this, this...
Jerry Sunborne: I'm sorry.
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17 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While the movie itself was very even-paced throughout, it allowed time to process the emotions that were being conveyed so the slower-pace worked. This movie- everything from storyline to characters- was amazing and thought provoking. I'd recommend it for anyone who wants to see a movie full of heart, brilliant acting, and a unique storyline. The wonderful acting didn't stop with Halle and Benecio either- the supporting characters including the children were fantastic! There was simply so much heart and likability in those roles. It is the type of movie that remains your head even after you leave the theater which for me, doesn't happen often.

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