Two best friends grow up on the Isle of Wight and in Brighton in the 1970s and 1980s.

Director:

Sandra Goldbacher

Writers:

Sandra Goldbacher (screenplay), Laurence Coriat (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ella Jones Ella Jones ... Young Holly
Anna Popplewell ... Young Marina
Cameron Powrie Cameron Powrie ... Young Nat
Trudie Styler ... Linda
Allan Corduner ... Max
Deborah Findlay ... Judith
Nicky Henson ... Ray
Anna Friel ... Marina
Michelle Williams ... Holly
Oliver Milburn ... Nat
Hannah Bourne Hannah Bourne ... Carolyn
Russell Mabey ... Craig (as Russell Maybey)
Blake Ritson ... Tim
Francis Lee ... Paul
Eve Cooper-Rose Eve Cooper-Rose ... Sophie
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Storyline

Growing up in the 1970s on the Isle of Wight, Holly and Marina make a childhood pact to be friends forever. For the troubled, unpredictable Marina, with her seemingly glamorous father and her Valium-addicted mother, Holly stays the only constant in a life of divorcing parents, experimental drugs and fashionable self-destruction. Meanwhile, Holly buries herself in books out of feelings of frustration with her over-protective mother and a nagging insecurity around her beautiful and possessive best friend. She holds just one secret from Marina, her increasing passion for Marina's brother Nat. As the years roll by, the girls experience everything life has to offer, sex, love, loss and rock 'n roll. But eventually for Holly, a friendship which has never been equal gradually begins to feel like a trap. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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From Sandra Goldbacher, writer/director of The Governess, comes a film about the agonies and ecstasies of friendship.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

While filming, Michelle Williams had to constantly fly back and forth between the UK and the North Carolina, USA to work on her television series Dawson's Creek (1998). See more »

Goofs

In 1982 fragment "Do you want me to want you to?" Holly said her favorite film of Tarkovsky was "Nostalghia" (1983) which hadn't been released yet by that time. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Marina: [to blindfolded Holly] Take a step forward. And another one. And another. Right leg up. Higher. What's the matter, don't you trust me.
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Connections

References Dynasty (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

January February
(1980)
Performed by Barbara Dickson
Courtesy of Epic Records/Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd
Written by Alan Tarney
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing
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Coming-of-age sans treacle
28 June 2003 | by elwinterSee all my reviews

This is one of the best depictions of female adolescence, and the intensity of female "best friend"ships I've seen. Good attention to detail. Doesn't pull its punches on sex, drugs & rock'n'roll - neither glamourizing nor moralizing. It might take courage for parents to let their teenagers see it, but it's delusional to think kids don't know about these things. Good to see it handled intelligently.


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Country:

UK | Germany

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

23 November 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Me Without You See more »

Filming Locations:

Ramsey, Isle of Man See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,816, 7 July 2002

Gross USA:

$304,909

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$369,226
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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