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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.

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Kevin Macdonald

Writers:

Meg Rosoff (based on the novel by), Jeremy Brock (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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 Stella Gonet ... Mrs. McEvoy
Des McAleer Des McAleer ... Major McEvoy
Sophie Stanton Sophie Stanton ... Woman in Truck
Natasha Jonas Natasha Jonas ... Woman in Truck
Nav Sidhu Nav Sidhu ... Checkpoint Soldier
Amy Dawson Amy Dawson ... Beaten Woman
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American teenager Elizabeth "Daisy" is sent by her estranged father away from New York to the countryside of England to stay with her Aunt Penn. Her distant cousin Isaac welcomes her at the airport and drives her home. She is introduced to her cousins, seventeen year-old Eddie and young Piper and to their friend Joe. 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 in her delivery. 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 men to another. Daisy and Eddie promise to meet each other again. In a country at war, Daisy... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Love will lead you home.


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

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi vida ahora See more »

Filming Locations:

Wales, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,547, 8 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$60,213, 1 December 2013
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Aerial shots were filmed with a Canon EOS C300 strapped to an opticopter/drone: "We were a small-budget film; we couldn't afford a helicopter and we couldn't wait for the weather," said director Kevin Macdonald. "There were a few shots in the film which were filmed with these adapted toys, and they have to have a lightweight camera. The Canon [C300] is at the top end of the weight they can manage, but we got some great aerial shots, which we use quite often in the film. That was a real bonus that you couldn't have got with any other camera."[2013] See more »

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[first lines]
Daisy: Imagine yourself being successful.
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Bad Things but also Good Things Happen
3 June 2014 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

The American teenager Elizabeth "Daisy" (Saoirse Ronan) is sent by her estranged father away from New York 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, the seventeen year-old Eddie (George MacKay) and the young Piper (Harley Bird) and to their friend Joe (Danny McEvoy). However Daisy is a resentful, needy of love and aloof girl that believes that is cursed and that bad things happen wherever she goes since her mother died in her delivery. Aunt Penn is a busy woman that is studying the war scenario in England that is in alert due to an eminent terrorist attack and needs to fly to Geneva. However, on the next morning, a nuclear bomb explodes in London and the authorities of the United Kingdom declare state of siege. Meanwhile Daisy and Eddie fall in love with each other, but they are separated by the military that send girls to a camp and men to another. Daisy and Eddie promise to meet each other again. In a country in war, Daisy and Piper flee from their lodging and cross England in martial law trying to find Eddie and Isaac.

"How I Live Now" was a great surprise since I was expecting to see a drama about a rebel teenager and I found an original come of age story in time of contemporary war. Saoirse Ronan is presently one of the most promising young actresses and her performance in the role of a girl that finds love and reaches maturity is top-notch. The little Harley Bird is another promising actress and I look forward to see her again. My vote is seven.

Title ( Brazil ): "Minha Nova Vida" ("My New Life")


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