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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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Storyline

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

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English | French | Italian

Release Date:

24 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zanim do tego dojdzie See more »

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Production Co:

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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i liked it.
19 October 2002 | by darkestgirlSee all my reviews

i caught this movie on HBO and i thought it was awesome. maybe it was because i had read a book with no plot, just showed peoples lives in NYC and how they connect, and it was an amazing book. i thought this movie was remarkable - maybe because i didn't need the sense of closure, seeing how everyone's lives ran together into the coffee shop shooting at the end was enough for me. i liked it.


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