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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Audrey Burke
... Jerry Sunborne
... Brian Burke
... Harper Burke
... Dory Burke
... Howard Glassman
... Kelly
... Brenda
... Neal
... Diane
... Spring
Maureen Thomas ... Grandma Ginnie Burke
... Howard's Wife
... Distressed Man (as VJ Foster)
Caroline Field ... Teresa Haddock (as Carolyn Field)
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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.

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Drama

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

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19 October 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nos souvenirs brûlés  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$3,287,315
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2.35 : 1
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Release prints were shipped to some theaters under the fake title "Water". See more »

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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

Harper Burke: Why is Grandma sleeping all day?
Audrey Burke: She's sedated.
Harper Burke: I don't know what that means, Mom.
Audrey Burke: She's taking pills to help her sleep. She lost her son, Harper. That's the worst pain anyone can go through.
Harper Burke: Worse than losing your dad?
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References The Godfather: Part II (1974) See more »

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Black Napkins
Written & Performed by Frank Zappa
Courtesy of The Zappa Family Trust
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Accept the Good
21 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Very good melodrama from Scandanavian director Susanne Bier. The film is intentionally slow moving ... just like real life tragedy. Although we could have been beaten over the head with the cute as heck kids, the story is actually more focused on the heroin addicted best friend played by Benecio del Toro. This makes the point that strength can come from many sources.

Halle Berry gives her best performance since "Monster's Ball" (yes even better than "Catwoman"). We feel her happiness, pain, desperation and hope. The cute kids are played by an amazing 11 yr old Alexis Llewellyn and Micah Berry (not her real life son). Also strong is Alison Lohman, who just doesn't work enough these days. However the strongest performance is by Benecio. I am not sure if the role was written for him or if he just perfectly captures best friend Jerry. It is most complicated role and requires enormous depth.

I definitely recommend the film thanks to its basis in reality and fine performances and terrific direction. However, I will qualify it by saying that I don't believe it is quite in the class of "21 Grams"


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