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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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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?


Although the location in which the film takes place is never identified, the cars have Connecticut license plates. See more »


Mr. McClood: The heart is the body's strongest muscle.
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Referenced in Teen Wolf: The Tell (2011) 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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17 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The sophisticated Perelman/Kasischke sensibilities will not be for all markets; this is essentially a rather highbrow film, with a surprise ending which will spoil it for some who want their movies to be straightforward, but which is essential to its philosophical heart. Thurman is outstanding as the older, pensive Diana, and Wood perhaps even better as the self-confident, rebellious younger version. Perelman's direction captures the dreamy lyricism contrasting with a sometimes brutal realism that is also found in Kasischke's beautiful and poetic 2002 novel. There won't be many better, genuinely adult movies this year, and most likely it will be ignored.

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