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The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)

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A woman's survivor's guilt from a Columbine-like event twenty years ago causes her present-day idyllic life to fall apart.

Director:

Vadim Perelman

Writers:

Laura Kasischke (novel), Emil Stern (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Uma Thurman ... Diana (Adult)
Evan Rachel Wood ... Diana (Teen)
Eva Amurri Martino ... Maureen (as Eva Amurri)
Gabrielle Brennan ... Emma
Brett Cullen ... Paul
Oscar Isaac ... Marcus
Jack Gilpin ... Mr. McCleod
Maggie Lacey Maggie Lacey ... Amanda (Adult)
John Magaro ... Michael Patrick
Lynn Cohen ... Sister Beatrice
Nathalie Paulding ... Amanda (Teen) (as Nathalie Nicole Paulding)
Molly Price ... Diana's Mother
Oliver Solomon ... Detective
Anna Moore ... Blonde Student (as Anna Renee Moore)
Isabel Keating ... Maureen's Mother
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A dramatic thriller about Diana, a suburban wife and mother who begins to question her seemingly perfect life--and perhaps her sanity--on the 15th anniversary of a tragic high school shooting. In flashbacks, Diana is a vibrant high schooler who, with her shy best friend Maureen, plot typical teenage strategies--cutting class,fantasizing about boys--and vow to leave their sleepy suburb at the first opportunity. The older Diana, however, is haunted by the increasingly strained relationship she had with Maureen as day of the school shooting approached. These memories disrupt the idyllic life she's now leading with her professor husband Paul and their young daughter Emma. As older Diana's life begins to unravel and younger Diana gets closer and closer to the fatal day, a deeper mystery slowly unravels. Written by Marisa_Gabriella

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Your life can change in an instant. That instant can last forever. See more »


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Rated R for violent and disturbing content, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 2008 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

In Bloom See more »

Filming Locations:

Darien, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,220, 20 April 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$303,439, 29 June 2008
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2929 Productions See more »
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The names of the 26 victims seen on the memorial and the banner (with the exception of prominent characters such as Maureen and Mr. MacLeod) are the names of members of the production crew who worked on the film. See more »

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Mr. McClood: And if there's anything I want you guys to take with you from this class, as you're abusing your bodies over break, is three things: the heart is the body's strongest muscle, that the brain has more cells in it than our galaxy has stars, and that the body is 72% water. So wherever you go over vacation, don't get too dehydrated.
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She's Not There
Composed by Rod Argent
Performed by The Zombies
Publisher: Marquis Music Co. Ltd. for the World
Zombies recording licensed from Marquis Enterprises Ltd.
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knockout impressive movie
23 December 2008 | by mkham6See all my reviews

Just saw this in Kiev without knowing a thing (except it was in English) because Evan Rachel Wood is a great actress and going to be a major star. This has all the tension and nail-biting suspense of Rukrainian Vadi Perlman's House of Sand + Fog- too much considering the subject. (I could have questioned him at Molodist FF, but saw listing too late). Wood made her bones in this movie- being erotic, sharp, deep, beautiful, wounded, terrified in utterly effortless and unaffected acting. Uma is not my favorite actress- showing the deeply neurotic side of her that I think is real, but it works perfectly in this movie- as she displays the PTSD that every person back from Iraq knows too well. The parallel track of what is going on with her wanton, wild, and maybe damaged daughter adds more tension- has the poison of that event somehow soaked into her daughter? The cinematography is excellent as it charts the deep feelings between 2 best girlfriends, and the mystical internal turmoil over time and memory, now and then, real and illusion.

My only problem is that I know this subject intimately - I reviewed the book Copycat Effect: http://hammernews.com/copycateffect.htm , which proves that almost any publicity about these mass shootings causes kids and adults to reenact them, usually on anniversaries of previous events. "Eyes" showed the shootings again and again in lovingly graphic detail and I don't think this subject should get any major movie play- it's just too dangerous. See if, in a couple of years, some schoolyard shooter doesn't say he saw this movie 20 times. On the other hand, emphasizing the pain and horror of these events is also recommended by shrinks.


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