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We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)

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An indiscretion between two close friends tears down their respective marriages.

Director:

John Curran

Writers:

Andre Dubus (short stories "We Don't Live Here Anymore" and "Adultery"), Larry Gross (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mark Ruffalo ... Jack Linden
Laura Dern ... Terry Linden
Peter Krause ... Hank Evans
Naomi Watts ... Edith Evans
Sam Charles Sam Charles ... Sean Linden
Ginger Broatch Ginger Broatch ... Natasha Linden (as Haili Page)
Jennifer Bishop Jennifer Bishop ... Sharon Evans
Jennifer Mawhinney Jennifer Mawhinney ... Audrey
Amber Rothwell ... Lauren
Meg Roe Meg Roe ... Lollipop Girl
Jim Francis ... Joe Ritchie
Marc Baur Marc Baur ... Plumber
Patrick Earley Patrick Earley ... Jim
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Storyline

The movie is set in the Pacific Northwest; specifically, Washington state. We know this from a glimpse of a license plate, the craftsman architecture of the two houses, and the mature, rich landscapes in between. The setting, like the scrutiny of the four main character's lives, is defined by the narrowness of the camera's field-of view. The one commercial street in town is only seen in the reflection of a store window, a shot of a non-descript auto-yard, or the tunnel of a tree-lined suburban sidewalk. The lush, wooded landscape is understood as an immediate presence in the domestic and professional lives of the characters; a steep hill, railroad tracks, a rushing stream, and a path over an old steel bridge are revisited again and again by the characters in their capacities as lovers, parents and friends. Written by Chester Weir

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Why do we want what we can't have? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adultery See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$101,295, 15 August 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,037,545, 24 October 2004
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film's title is similar to that of "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (1974), which featured Dern in a bit part near the end and for which her mother, Diane Ladd, won the first of three Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominations. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Edith Evans: I'm not leaving you because you're unfaith Hank, I'm leaving because I was.
Hank Evans: Look, none of that matters any more. It's over. Isn't it? Isn't it, Edith?
Edith Evans: Yeah. It's over.
Hank Evans: Well then, why leave now?
Edith Evans: Because I can.
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Special Thanks To Christine & Ben Christine, Terry & Kelly Kris & Fisher See more »


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Beethoven's 1st Symphony
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by The Hollywood Chamber Orchestra
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Real people, real emotions
28 December 2004 | by rblument-1See all my reviews

"We Don't Love Here Anymore," based on two short stories by Andre Dubus, is a pared-down, very effective view of marriage and infidelity. If you are looking for an "entertaining" film, then go elsewhere. Dubus, author of the short story that the film "In the Bedroom" was based, is not out to entertain. He is into dealing with real people in situations that are catastrophic to one's life. John Curran, the director, peels away at the emotions of these 4 characters who share loveless relationships with their respective mates, with the exception of one of them. There is no flash, no melodrama, and no special effects (thank God). It is also beautifully filmed in the Vancouver, B.C. area, and the acting is top notch, especially the performance of Laura Dern. It's like watching an episode of Thirtysomething without all the smaltz and cutesiness. Highly recommended!!


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