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A woman's life is forever changed when tragedy strikes at a soccer match.

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Sharon Maguire

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Chris Cleave (novel), Sharon Maguire
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Williams ... Young Mother
Ewan McGregor ... Jasper Black
Matthew Macfadyen ... Terrence Butcher
Nicholas Gleaves ... Lenny
Sidney Johnston ... The Boy
Usman Khokhar Usman Khokhar ... The Bomber's Son
Sasha Behar Sasha Behar ... The Bomber's Wife
Ed Hughes ... Danny Walsh (as Edward Hughes)
Alibe Parsons Alibe Parsons ... Pearl
Stewart Wright ... Charlie
Al Ashton Al Ashton ... Male Survivor (as Al Hunter Ashton)
Benjamin Wilkin Benjamin Wilkin ... Young Policeman
Robin Berry Robin Berry ... Dazed Supporter
Mercy Ojelade Mercy Ojelade ... Nurse Mena
Joe Marshall Joe Marshall ... Gary / VT Man
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Storyline

Grief, guilt, and betrayal. In North London, a young mother dotes on her four-year-old son and lives in a modest flat with her husband, a cop in the bomb squad. The Arsenal football team is their religion. On May Day, a major terrorist attack brings tragedy while she is in the arms of a rich reporter who lives over the road. She wishes she were dead. In grief and guilt, she pursues revenge, faces betrayal, experiences delusions, and may be suicidal. Two men seek her affection: the reporter and a colleague of her husband's who imagines caravan camping with her on a beach. In London, the city of the Great Fire and of Hitler's bombardment, is there any way back to life for her? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The truth can blow you apart.


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Rated R for a strong sex scene and brief language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The last feature film of Nicholas Courtney. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where her husband's boss is taking her to the memorial for the dead, her facial cuts are quite healed and well into the scarring stage. But a few minutes later in the scene where she's watching home movies, her facial cuts appear to be freshly scabbed over and quite irritated around the edges. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Boy: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Go...
The Boy: Mummy you blinked, I won.
Young Mother: Yes you did. Now in you get. Tomorrow we're going to the sea-side.
Young Mother: [narration - boy running on the beach] So, if I'm going to show you my life, better start here. My boy, in Camber Sands. Why this and why now? I'll come back to that.
The Boy: Mummy!
Young Mother: [narration] A force of nature was what the midwife called him when he came howling into this world four years ago. And he hasn't stopped since.
The Boy: Mummy!
Young Mother: [narration] Me and him spend a lot of time ...
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References The Evil Dead (1981) See more »

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Balow, My Babe
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Michelle Williams performance is the best part of the film
18 September 2016 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

I had never heard of this film, nor did I read anything about it on IMDb beforehand, so I had no expectations whatsoever when I sat down for it. By 20 minutes in, I was enjoying it a lot. Michelle Williams was putting on a London accent which seemed flawless to me. (Okay, I'm a Texan, what do I know about English accents?) The big event seemed to be done pretty well. The film is mainly psychological, about dealing with loss. Miss Williams does very well with this material, and indeed, her performance is the best part of the film. But when I got into the final third of the film, my enjoyment started to flag. The flashback scenes were way overdone, even though I get that it was the director's way of showing the character's break with reality. And in the end, the character's shocking naivete about the mindset of Islamic terrorists was extremely jarring. Overall, I liked the movie, but I am not sure that I could recommend it to anyone else.


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