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Me Without You (2001)

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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)
2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | Germany

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

23 November 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida Sem Você See more »

Filming Locations:

Ramsey, Isle of Man See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£45,532 (United Kingdom), 25 November 2001, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,816, 7 July 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$304,909
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Anna Friel originally auditioned for the role of Holly. 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 Nostalgia (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Cello Song
(1969)
Performed by Nick Drake
Recording Courtesy of Universal-Island Records Limited
Licensed by kind permission from the Film & TV Licensing Division, part of the Universal Music Group
Written by Nick Drake
© 1969 Warlock Music Ltd
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A Sensual Experience
12 November 2004 | by bpjaniceSee all my reviews

I've always been a huge fan of British films and 'Me Without You' certainly didn't let me down. It doesn't only show vividly the agonies and struggles of growing up from a girl to a woman, it also presents the joys in a way that all can identify with.

I believe most can empathize with Marina, when she tore up the letter Nat wrote to Holly, or when she tries her very best just so that she can have Holly all to herself. Friel forces us to come face to face with the Marina in ourselves.

Williams deserves more credit for her stunning performance in the film. Undoubtedly, her quiet and reserved way of playing Holly has found itself into the hearts of many, especially with her desperate yearning for Nat.

To term this epic a 'chick flick' is certainly doing it and its actors great injustice. I walked away after watching it for the third time saying, 'God, I love this movie.' Kudos to the writer and director!


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