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How I Live Now (2013)

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An American girl, sent to the English countryside to stay with relatives, finds love and purpose while fighting for her survival as war envelops the world around her.

Director:

Kevin Macdonald

Writers:

Meg Rosoff (based on the novel by), Jeremy Brock (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Saoirse Ronan ... Daisy
Tom Holland ... Isaac
George MacKay ... Eddie
Harley Bird Harley Bird ... Piper
Danny McEvoy Danny McEvoy ... Joe
Anna Chancellor ... Aunt Penn
Jonathan Rugman Jonathan Rugman ... News Reporter
Corey Johnson ... Consular Official
Darren Morfitt Darren Morfitt ... Sergeant
Stella Gonet ... Mrs. McEvoy
Des McAleer Des McAleer ... Major McEvoy
Sophie Stanton ... Woman in Truck
Natasha Jonas ... Woman in Truck
Nav Sidhu Nav Sidhu ... Checkpoint Soldier
Amy Dawson Amy Dawson ... Beaten Woman
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Storyline

American teenager Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) is sent by her estranged father away from New York City to the countryside of England to stay with her Aunt Penn (Anna Chancellor). Her distant cousin Isaac (Tom Holland) welcomes her at the airport and drives her home. She is introduced to her cousins, seventeen-year-old Eddie (George MacKay) and young Piper (Harley Bird) and to their friend Joe (Danny McEvoy). However, Daisy is a resentful, needy of love, and aloof girl who believes that she is cursed and that bad things happen wherever she goes since her mother died giving birth to her. Aunt Penn is a busy woman who is studying the war scenario in England, which is on alert due to an imminent terrorist attack, and needs to fly to Geneva. However, the next morning, a nuclear bomb explodes in London and the authorities of the United Kingdom declare a state of siege. Meanwhile, Daisy and Eddie fall in love with each other, but they are separated by the military, which sends girls to one camp and... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Love will lead you home.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing images, language and some sexuality. | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Kristen Stewart was considered for the role of Daisy in pre-production, but was too busy filming the Twilight Saga. See more »

Goofs

At 28:37, Isaac leaps over the couch (holding a flashlight) and lands comfortably seated, a quick-action scene completed with two different camera angles. In the first, Eddie is watching Isaac's antics, while in the second, Eddie is instead looking down at his radio. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Daisy: Imagine yourself being successful.
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Connections

Featured in Projector: How I Live Now (2013) See more »

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Garden's Heart
Written & performed by Bat for Lashes & Jon Hopkins
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Wind in the Willows
16 November 2013 | by clarkj-565-161336See all my reviews

This was a beautiful and artistic movie. I loved all the scenes especially at the beginning. The country house, the animals, the kids everything in perfect balance. Even a Series IIA Land Rover, what more could you ask for. I was hoping to see a friendly badger, but I guess they read the tea leaves correctly. This movie reminded me a little bit of the "Lord of the Flies" a movie made during a time of political insanity where nuclear war hung over everyone's head. They say that artists see things long before anyone does, so hopefully this movie is a warning of a potential future outcome which does not have to happen. The acting was superb, Piper was so brave. Imagine if you could have your first love!


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Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

How I Live Now See more »

Filming Locations:

Wales, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,547, 10 November 2013

Gross USA:

$60,213

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$925,762
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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