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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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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

When Deborah Harry is watching 'Mildred Pierce', we hear Ann Blyth's famous spiteful dialog on the stairway right before Joan Crawford slaps her. When we see the TV, we see a later scene, with Blyth in her nightclub dressing room. See more »

Quotes

Lee: Ann, it's something I have to tell you and I have to tell you now.
Ann: Lee, I'm...
Lee: I love you! I'm in love with you... And the world seens less terrible because you exist! I feel like I wanna be with you for the rest of my life... And all that, the palpitations, and the nerves... the pain, the happiness, and the fear! I wanna... I wanna touch you all the times! I wanna take care of you and your girls! And even find your husband a decent job! And get you a house that doesn't have wheels and...
Ann: Careful....
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Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Try Your Wings
Music by Michael Barr, Lyrics by Dion McGregor
Performed by Blossom Dearie
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A life without you
24 March 2005 | by gustukSee all my reviews

I picked up the cover of this film several times before I rented it. The subject somewhat interested me but I also thought it was too familiar, almost like a cliché. (Someone finds out he/she is dying and it changes his/her life.) There are so many reasons why I am now so glad that I finally did rent it and I am sure most of them have been covered by other user-comments. The acting was convincing, the soundtrack was great etc. but what I liked most and what moved me most was how it sincerely and beautifully conveyed messages of love, not only Ann's love of her family, friends and lovers but the love she found of herself and of life itself, awakened by the discovery of her untimely death.

I watched the film by myself and I recommend that you do so also, not because you will get emotional and may start to cry, which you might, but because you will probably be more honest to yourself in your thoughts if you are all alone. If you are dishonest to yourself you are leading a life without you.


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Country:

Spain | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 2003 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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