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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 »
1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Saoirse Ronan did not read the novel of the same title that the film was based on by Meg Rosoff prior to filming as she wanted to concentrate on the script. 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 »

Soundtracks

Garden's Heart
Written & performed by Natasha Khan & Jon Hopkins
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Engrossing and superbly acted story of young romance and survival during war
8 November 2013 | by Instigator_FilmsSee all my reviews

Didn't know quite what to expect from this but was quickly captivated by this film. Saoirse Ronan gives a superb performance and really holds the film together. Initially its a fish out of water story about Saoirse Ronan's character, a difficult but intriguing American teen landing into an eccentric English rural family who live on a remote farm. She quickly starts to fall for her handsome cousin but then world events intervene as a nuclear device is detonated in London and the film shows them dealing with the new reality of soldiers at the door, mass evacuation and the family being split up. The depiction of what UK would be like under martial law, with guerrilla attacks, forced labor camps and a society breaking down was both chilling and fascinating. Ultimately, it becomes a survival story as Saoirse Ronan's character tries to get back to the farm and she has to make her way through the nightmarish landscape of an England descending into chaos. With a great soundtrack and many poignant moments, this is a well crafted film on all fronts. Recommended.


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