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The Life Before This (1999)

Several innocent bystanders are injured or killed when two robbers, fleeing from the police, run into the neighborhood cafe.

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Jerry Ciccoritti

Writer:

Semi Chellas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine O'Hara ... Sheena
Joe Pantoliano ... Jake Maclean
Sarah Polley ... Connie
Stephen Rea ... Brian
Bernard Behrens ... Monsieur Farrin
Martha Burns ... Gwen Maclean
Fab Filippo Fab Filippo ... Michael (as Fabrizio Filippo)
Emily Hampshire ... Margaret
David Hewlett ... Nick
Leslie Hope ... Alice
Joel Keller ... Kevin
Dan Lett ... Sam
Carl Marotte ... Stan
Alison Pill ... Jessica
Callum Keith Rennie ... Martin Maclean
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In Toronto, two criminals enter a café one evening and open fire against each other, leaving behind an establishment full of casualties. The stories of the day of many of those that are in the café at the time or could have been are told. Nick and Kevin are the two criminals who have just pulled off a heist, they dealing with an issue pertaining to Nick's wife, Alice. Sheena, a bridal store clerk, has had a bad history in her choice of men. She is trying to decide whether to meet or stand up her blind date for the evening. Jake, a lawyer, has defrauded one of his clients of $200,000 in the pressure he has felt in providing for his materialist wife Gwen's wants. An incident results in Jake needing to pay that money back immediately or probably be caught in his illegal actions. He has to decide if he will go to the one person he knows could help, but who he has long put out of his life out of moral judgment. Brian, a pest control technician, is having a sad day as a few incidents bring ... Written by Huggo

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live each day ... it may be your last.


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

24 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zanim do tego dojdzie See more »

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Thump Productions See more »
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Dolby

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Color
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When Jake comes in to pickup a cake, the clerk shows him the cake by opening the box, she then closes it. But when her false eyelash falls (and Jake catches it), it shows the top open on the box again. When he hands the eyelash back, the cake box is again closed. See more »

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a look at the twists of fate
5 August 2000 | by jsharp9293See all my reviews

I agree with a previous reviewer in saying that this film had good potential. And in some spots, it comes through on this promise. Unfortunately, when all is said and done, this film does feel a bit incomplete with some things left unexplained.

On the plus side, I like how it shows that life can change very drastically with just one seemingly irrelevant incident or event. However, I felt that there were other ironies that were intended or even implied, but the film failed to get them across. If these ironies were explained, and all of the stories connected in more than just the beginning and the ending, this would have been a much better film and I believe it would have fulfilled its potential.

I must say, despite its flaws, I liked it. But I could've liked it better...


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