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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)
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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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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

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:

EUR2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,515, 28 September 2003

Gross USA:

$400,948

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,781,854
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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: l will not have the only thing my kids remember about me be a hospital ward.
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Referenced in Rebel·lió a l'aula (2005) See more »

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Written by Orlando de la Rosa
Performed by Omara Portuondo
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"Life" sentence: Polley is exquisitely perfect
14 October 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

MY LIFE WITHOUT ME (2003) ***1/2 Sarah Polley, Mark Ruffalo, Scott Speedman, Deborah Harry, Amanda Plummer, Leonor Watling, Julian Richings, Maria de Medeiros, Jessica Amlee, Kenya Jo Kennedy, Alfred Molina. Polley gives a remarkable performance as a young wife and mother who is diagnosed with terminal cancer and with the few precious months left to her own devices she decides not to tell anyone but instead attempts to live life by her own guidelines including taking a lover (Ruffalo in a genial turn) and setting her family up with a new mother figure in the form of new next door neighbor Watling (who gives a heartrending speech about her occupation as a nurse) and in the process realizing just how important it is to live life each day as if it were indeed your last. Director Isabel Coixet adapts Nanci Kincaid's short story 'Pretending the Bed is a Raft' with clear-eyed sharpness allowing the ultimate heartbreak to occur off-screen and instead focusing on the funny and poignant pangs her protagonist silently endures. A real gem that reminded me of the '70s golden age of indies.


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