The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  5 September 2008 (Poland)
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A woman's survivor's guilt from a Columbine-like event twenty years ago causes her present-day idyllic life to fall apart.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana (Adult)
Diana (Teen)
Maureen (as Eva Amurri)
Jack Gilpin ...
Mr. McCleod
Maggie Lacey ...
Amanda (Adult)
Michael Patrick
Sister Beatrice
Amanda (Teen) (as Nathalie Nicole Paulding)
Diana's Mother
Blonde Student (as Anna Renee Moore)
Maureen's Mother


A dramatic thriller about Diana, a suburban wife and mother who begins to question her seemingly perfect life--and perhaps her sanity--on the 15th anniversary of a tragic high school shooting. In flashbacks, Diana is a vibrant high schooler who, with her shy best friend Maureen, plot typical teenage strategies--cutting class,fantasizing about boys--and vow to leave their sleepy suburb at the first opportunity. The older Diana, however, is haunted by the increasingly strained relationship she had with Maureen as day of the school shooting approached. These memories disrupt the idyllic life she's now leading with her professor husband Paul and their young daughter Emma. As older Diana's life begins to unravel and younger Diana gets closer and closer to the fatal day, a deeper mystery slowly unravels. Written by Marisa_Gabriella

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Diana's life is not what it seems. See more »

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Rated R for violent and disturbing content, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 September 2008 (Poland)  »

Also Known As:

In Bloom  »

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Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,220 (USA) (18 April 2008)


$303,439 (USA) (27 June 2008)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the start of the movie, when 'Uma Thruman''s character is flipping through radio stations, one of the songs you hear is "She's not there" by The Zombies (1964), which was covered under the title "About Her" by Malcolm McLaren. That cover was used in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) which Uma also starred in. See more »


Young Diana: Maureen, what did I do to deserve a friend like you?
Maureen: Um, something in a past life?
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References The Magic School Bus (1994) See more »


She's Not There
Composed by Rod Argent
Performed by The Zombies
Publisher: Marquis Music Co. Ltd. for the World
Zombies recording licensed from Marquis Enterprises Ltd.
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An intensely beautiful picture
9 September 2007 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I had the privilege of seeing this film at its World Premiere this weekend at the Toronto Film Festival. From the very opening sequence, this picture draws you in with its sheer beauty. The cinematography is terrific and at some points even terrifying (in a breath taking way) but what impressed me most was the dialog. Everything seemed so real, which played up every detail to me and made the picture all the more engrossing. Uma Thurman is top notch in this but i believe that Evan Rachel Wood really makes it because honestly, who else could we expect to play the teen angst better than her? The relationship between Eva Amurri's Maureen and Wood's Diana is so realistic in every situation and much of that credit has to go to Emil Stern's adaptation. There are so many themes that run deep throughout this movie, and the ever pressing scare of school shootings makes this hit home really really hard. This is an amazing film that will touch every single emotion and leave you thinking about it for days. Go see this movie whenever you get the chance. It is an intensely beautiful and moving film and most definitely one of the best I have seen so far this year.

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