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Veronika Decides to Die (2009)

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After a frantic suicide attempt, Veronika awakens inside a mysterious mental asylum. Under the supervision of an unorthodox psychiatrist who specializes in controversial treatment, Veronika learns that she has only weeks to live.

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Emily Young

Writers:

Paulo Coelho (book), Larry Gross | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Veronika Deklava
Jonathan Tucker ... Edward
Erika Christensen ... Claire
Florencia Lozano Florencia Lozano ... Dr. Thompson
Rena Owen ... Nurse Josephine
Erica Gimpel ... Nurse White
Victor Slezak ... Gabriel Durant
Barbara Sukowa ... Mrs. Deklava
Victor Steinbach Victor Steinbach ... Mr. Deklava
Melissa Leo ... Mari
David Thewlis ... Dr. Blake
Virl Andrick Virl Andrick ... Boss
Jeff Applegate ... Anti-Pundit
Lisette Bross ... Work Colleague #1
Matthew Cowles ... Old Fred
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Storyline

The story centers on Veronika, a woman in her mid twenties who appears to have everything: good looks, good job and a great life ahead of her. Yet she decides to end her own life. She is unsuccessful and awakens in a mental hospital where she learns that she has only a short time to live. However in the hospital she meets people who are only 'insane' because they don't always follow society's rules. With little left to lose, Veronika embarks on a journey on which she frees herself to experience relationships and emotions and ultimately discovers what it means to live. Written by Anonymous

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If you had a second chance at life...what would you change? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Veronika Decide Morrer See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The doom metal band Saturnus from Denmark released an album based on the concept of this movie in 2006 entitled "Veronika Decides To Die." See more »

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Veronika: [first lines]
Veronika: Well, let's see. After you decide that I'm depressed, or whatever, you'll put me on meds, right? Well I know hundreds of people on them and they're all doing just fine. Really. I'll go back to work on my new anti-depressants, have dinner with my parents and persuade them I'm back to being the normal one who never gives them any trouble. And one day some guy will ask me to marry him. He'll be nice enough. That'll make my parents very happy. The first year we'll make love all the ...
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Beautiful Life
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published by Word Tree Music / Charlotte Martin (BMI)
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The Awareness of Life
12 December 2009 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

In New York, the middle-class Veronika Deklava (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is a twenty and something year-old beautiful woman with a good job and a nice apartment. However, the feeling of emptiness of her pessimist view of life leads her to commit suicide with an overdose of pills. She fails in her intent and two weeks later she leaves the coma and awakes in a psychiatric institution directed by the unorthodox Dr. Blake (David Thewlis). She is informed that her OD injured her heart provoking an aneurysm and she has only a few weeks of life. Along the days, Veronika gets closer to the catatonic Edward (Jonathan Tucker), who was left in the institution many years ago. They feel attracted for each other and Veronika discovers the meaning of life again; they escape from the institution and decide to enjoy the miracle of each new day together.

The dramatic "Veronika Decides to Die" is based on the best-seller of Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho and has a magnificent performance of Sarah Michelle Gellar in the role of a suicidal young woman. Her complex character becomes aware of the simple things that make life so wonderful only after finding the meaning of love. The screenplay has great lines and discusses good points like the definition of insanity or the meaning of life. The cinematography and the stylish music score are very beautiful. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Veronika Decide Morrer" ("Veronika Decides to Die")


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