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My Life Without Me (2003)

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A young woman conceals the fact of her terminal cancer to live her life with a passion she never had before.

Director:

Isabel Coixet

Writers:

Isabel Coixet, Nanci Kincaid (book)
16 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Polley ... Ann
Amanda Plummer ... Laurie
Scott Speedman ... Don
Leonor Watling ... Ann, the Neighbor
Debbie Harry ... Ann's Mother (as Deborah Harry)
Maria de Medeiros ... The Hairdresser
Mark Ruffalo ... Lee
Julian Richings ... Dr. Thompson
Kenya Jo Kennedy Kenya Jo Kennedy ... Patsy
Jessica Amlee ... Penny
Esther García Esther García ... Woman who does nails
Camille Martinez Camille Martinez ... (as Camille Martínez)
María Cami María Cami
Deanne Henry Deanne Henry ... Waitress
Gillian Barber ... Nurse #1
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Storyline

Ann, 23 years old, lives a modest life with her two kids and her husband in a trailer in her mother's garden. Her life takes a dramatic turn, when her doctor tells her that she has uterine cancer and only two months to live. She compiles a list of things to do before she dies. Written by Moritz Muehlenhoff <jmm@inutil.org>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Spain | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 2003 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi vida sin mí See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€225,800 (Spain), 9 March 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,515, 28 September 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$395,592, 14 December 2003
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally the film was to feature Ann recording tapes for her father and for Dr. Thompson, in which she forgives her father for being absent during her childhood, and tells Dr. Thompson that his seeing patients as people isn't a bad thing before thanking him for keeping her impending death a secret. The ending montage was also supposed to feature a video clip of Ann's dad making shoes for his granddaughters from prison with tears in his eyes. These things never even made it to the filming stage, probably because of the length of the production itself. See more »

Goofs

Lee says he's been to the desert in the south of Chile. Southern Chile is very cold and rainy. Northern Chile contains the driest desert in the world. See more »

Quotes

Ann's Father: Some of us just can't live the kind of life that other people want us to live. No matter how hard you try, you just can't do it.
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Connections

Referenced in Muchachada nui: Episode #4.2 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Que Emocion
Written by Orlando de la Rosa
Performed by Omara Portuondo
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so much more than just a sad movie...
16 May 2004 | by two00fiveSee all my reviews

If you are in the mood to cry and be moved and touched then this is the movie for you. Even though it has a very sad story line...it doesn't leave you extremely depressed like most sad movies do. The movie is very well done both artistically and acting wise. The main character is so beautiful but in a very real way. I think that's one reason why it is so easy to relate to this women and her life. She is a very strong women through her last few months before she knows she's going to die, which I find to be very refreshing, compared to just watching a sad, depressed, angry women dying. When I tell people what this movie is about they usually don't seem very enthusiastic about seeing a movie about a women who knows she's going to die, but let me just say it is so much more than just that! I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone that is sensitive and deep and compassionate. I loved it. It also makes you really look at your life and makes you want to live life to the fullest. Give it a try!


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