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The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)

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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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Your life can change in an instant. That instant can last forever. 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)  »

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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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Although the location in which the film takes place is never identified, the cars have Connecticut license plates. 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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 19 April 2008 (2008) See more »


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knockout impressive movie
23 December 2008 | by (RI) – See all my reviews

Just saw this in Kiev without knowing a thing (except it was in English) because Evan Rachel Wood is a great actress and going to be a major star. This has all the tension and nail-biting suspense of Rukrainian Vadi Perlman's House of Sand + Fog- too much considering the subject. (I could have questioned him at Molodist FF, but saw listing too late). Wood made her bones in this movie- being erotic, sharp, deep, beautiful, wounded, terrified in utterly effortless and unaffected acting. Uma is not my favorite actress- showing the deeply neurotic side of her that I think is real, but it works perfectly in this movie- as she displays the PTSD that every person back from Iraq knows too well. The parallel track of what is going on with her wanton, wild, and maybe damaged daughter adds more tension- has the poison of that event somehow soaked into her daughter? The cinematography is excellent as it charts the deep feelings between 2 best girlfriends, and the mystical internal turmoil over time and memory, now and then, real and illusion.

My only problem is that I know this subject intimately - I reviewed the book Copycat Effect: , which proves that almost any publicity about these mass shootings causes kids and adults to reenact them, usually on anniversaries of previous events. "Eyes" showed the shootings again and again in lovingly graphic detail and I don't think this subject should get any major movie play- it's just too dangerous. See if, in a couple of years, some schoolyard shooter doesn't say he saw this movie 20 times. On the other hand, emphasizing the pain and horror of these events is also recommended by shrinks.

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