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Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)

R | | Drama | 19 October 2007 (USA)
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A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.

Director:

Susanne Bier

Writer:

Allan Loeb
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Halle Berry ... Audrey Burke
Benicio Del Toro ... Jerry Sunborne
David Duchovny ... Brian Burke
Alexis Llewellyn ... Harper Burke
Micah Berry ... Dory Burke
John Carroll Lynch ... Howard Glassman
Alison Lohman ... Kelly
Robin Weigert ... Brenda
Omar Benson Miller ... Neal
Paula Newsome ... Diane
Sarah Dubrovsky ... Spring
Maureen Thomas ... Grandma Ginnie Burke
Patricia Harras ... Howard's Wife
V.J. Foster ... Distressed Man (as VJ Foster)
Caroline Field Caroline Field ... Teresa Haddock (as Carolyn Field)
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Storyline

Grief, recovery, and human contact. Brian is a great guy - a sweet father, a good husband, and a loyal friend to his boyhood pal Jerry who's a junkie. When tragedy strikes, Jerry tries to help Brian's wife and children cope, and Audrey, Brian's widow, tries to help Jerry kick the habit. Loss and addiction are stubborn. The story starts on the day of the funeral, with Brian appearing in flashbacks. A neighbor's divorce, a dinner party that includes a young woman from the Narcotics Anonymous group Jerry attends, and thinking back to a fire in Brian and Audrey's garage give the story texture. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Hope comes with letting go.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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USA | UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nos souvenirs brûlés See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,561,949, 21 October 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,287,315
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Release prints were shipped to some theaters under the fake title "Water". See more »

Goofs

When Jerry meets Kelly, he unlocks his bike and turns it 180 degrees, but when he rides away on the sidewalk, he is headed the original direction in which the bike was parked. See more »

Quotes

Dory Burke: Are you going to die like my dad?
Jerry Sunborne: Yeah.
Dory Burke: When?
Jerry Sunborne: As soon as possible, I hope.
Dory Burke: [pauses] You're kidding, right?
Jerry Sunborne: [muted] Ha ha.
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References Meet the Fockers (2004) See more »

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Black Napkins
Written & Performed by Frank Zappa
Courtesy of The Zappa Family Trust
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A powerful movie; surprised me
15 April 2008 | by Dragoneyed363See all my reviews

When I read the title of this film I honestly said aloud, "Um, alright then?". It kind of made me laugh and I did not really take it seriously, but I of course know you should not judge a film primarily on the title. It is not even that funny of a title, I just found it humorous for some reason. Anyway, pretty soon I heard so many wonderful things about it and I decided I might as well give it a try, because it at least sounded like it would be entertaining if anything else, and it had Halle Berry, who I always enjoy watching, regardless of the film. I put it in to watch it and immediately my eyes were glued to the television screen.

I thought all the actors and actresses gave extremely powerful performances and the story line was very intriguing and strong where I did not think it would be. This was a very good movie and Halle Berry took on a character that, I at least, had never seen her play before which blew my mind. I liked Del Toro very much in his role, as well. I would go as far as to say that this movie was flawless in it's acting and performance skills, because there was nothing at all that was poor about it, but even though I say it is a great movie, it just didn't really excite me, personally. I mean, it was actually kind of a boring movie to watch at some points, but it is still very enjoyable for the performances, like I said. It surprised me how well of a movie it was, and I say if you have not seen it and are not thinking about giving it a chance, you are missing out on something special.


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