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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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Harley Bird ...
Danny McEvoy ...
Joe
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Aunt Penn
Jonathan Rugman ...
News Reporter
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Consular Official
Darren Morfitt ...
Sergeant
Stella Gonet ...
Mrs. McEvoy
Des McAleer ...
Major McEvoy
Sophie Stanton ...
Woman in Truck
Natasha Jonas ...
Woman in Truck
Nav Sidhu ...
Checkpoint Soldier
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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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4 October 2013 (UK)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$28,547, 8 November 2013, Limited Release

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$60,213, 1 December 2013
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In the book, Edmond and Isaac are twins, both 14 years old; and they have an older brother called Osbert, who is 16. He hangs out with his own friends and is not a part of the tight group of siblings Daisy becomes close with. In the movie Edmond is older than Isaac and is the oldest sibling. Also, in the movie Edmond communicates with animals - which is Isaac's trait in the book. In the book Edmond can read people the way Isaac can read animals. See more »

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[first lines]
Daisy: Imagine yourself being successful.
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C'mon C'mon
Written by Jennie Werlemar and Kaoru Sato
Performed by Deathline
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Got a hell of a lot going for it.
28 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

This film starts out on a slow burn, but is not about car chases, explosions or blood and gore. With that out the way, what it is, is warmly filmed and deftly directed. I found it a very enjoyable exploration of the aftermath of a civil war, and the impact that has on several young lives. Some reviewers have commented that setting that civil war in the UK is not realistic. But that is to wholly miss the point of this movie. It's a film about people under extreme adversity and random circumstance, the setting is peripheral. Its about they deal with the fast changing situation, and the changes that occur in them as a result. Well paced from at least a quarter of the way in the ending is emotional and moving. I'll leave it for you to judge if you agree with me. So long as your not looking for a happy movie, but something that digs a little deeper.... then I don't think you will be disappointed.


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