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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
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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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Trivia

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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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.27 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Clear Spot
Written by Don Van Vliet (as Don Vliet)
Performed by Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band (as Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band)
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Tantalizing film to touch your heart
8 November 2007 | by JamriteSee all my reviews

Things We Lost in the Fire shows the effects on family and unity after the death of a loved one. I can relate to this story knowing how much it hurts you missing that particular person everyday. The story of this film is pretty even well paced, yet a bit dragged in the beginning. Benicio Del Toro gives a very invigorating performance, possible one of his bests. Halle Berry really surprised me in this film. She really shows the stages of grief and acceptance very well and at one scene I thought Oscar worthy again. The supporting cast, specifically the children and the next door neighbor, were astounding. Good script, a little bit over with the tight close ups, but TWLITF makes you think about the loved ones close to you and how you should tell them everyday, "I love you and for that I will accept the good."


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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,561,949, 21 October 2007

Gross USA:

$3,287,315

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,591,255
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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