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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 »

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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

Ann's fingernails after she gets them done. 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

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Sometime Later
Written by Martin Barnard, Corin Dingley, Andy Jenks
Performed by Alpha
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An Amazing Piece of Work
18 July 2005 | by mmmassSee all my reviews

This is without a doubt, the saddest, but most beautiful movie I have ever seen. It really touched me. The acting is superb, the plot heartrending and thought provoking, and the cinematography outstanding. I spent 2 hours blubbering like a schoolgirl, and it was worth every second. The simple fact that one's life can seem not to have started until the point where one's own mortality is realized is a revelation to me. This movie has opened my eyes to the importance of life and love. Money, power, fame, all are fleeting and can be lost in a moment to illness, famine, war, or fate. It is those around us, and our relationships to them, that are the things to be held most dear in our final accounting.


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