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My Life Without Me (2003)

A young woman conceals the fact of her terminal cancer to live her life with a passion she never had before.

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Ann
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Laurie
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Don
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Ann's Mother (as Deborah Harry)
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The Hairdresser
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Lee
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Dr. Thompson
Kenya Jo Kennedy ...
Patsy
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Penny
Esther García ...
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María Cami
Deanne Henry ...
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Nurse #1
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Storyline

Ann, 23 years old, lives a modest life with her two kids and her husband in a trailer in her mother's garden. Her life takes a dramatic turn, when her doctor tells her that she has uterine cancer and only two months to live. She compiles a list of things to do before she dies. Written by Moritz Muehlenhoff <jmm@inutil.org>

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cancer | doctor | death | love | drinking | See All (116) »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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7 March 2003 (Spain)  »

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Mi vida sin mí  »

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Budget:

€2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$40,515 (USA) (26 September 2003)

Gross:

$395,592 (USA) (12 December 2003)
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Did You Know?

Goofs

When Deborah Harry is watching 'Mildred Pierce', we hear Ann Blyth's famous spiteful dialog on the stairway right before Joan Crawford slaps her. When we see the TV, we see a later scene, with Blyth in her nightclub dressing room. See more »

Quotes

Ann: If you don't kiss me right now I'm gonna scream.
[She screams, he kisses her]
Lee: If you don't kiss me right now, I'm gonna fucking scream.
[She kisses him]
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Connections

Referenced in Rebel·lió a l'aula (2005) See more »

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Sometime Later
Written by Martin Barnard, Corin Dingley, Andy Jenks
Performed by Alpha
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Pretending the Bed is a Raft
31 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The plot of this beautiful film seems a trivial melodrama, but the way it was told by scriptwriter/director Isabel Coixet makes a great difference. What could have turned into a hollow movie only made to make you cry, became a deep, witty and truly heartbreaking personal journey into a young woman's mind, Ann (beautifully performed by Sarah Polley). Ann is 23 years old, has two little daughters and one attentive husband, Don (Scott Speedman). They're poor and live in a trailer settled down at Ann's mother's back yard, but they're happy. When Ann gets to know that she has a terminal cancer which is going to kill her in a couple of months, she decides to live to the fullest - and doesn't tell anyone about her weak health state.

Isabel Coixet led everything wonderfully, and the entire cast is magnificent (even Scott Speedman is pretty good). Amanda Plummer, as Ann's obsessed-with-food friend, proves definitely her taste for bizarre characters (what's far from being a fault, in her case); Deborah Harry is surprising as Ann's bitter mother; Mark Ruffalo (one of the best actors nowadays), as a lonely man who falls in love with Ann, is captivating and passionate, and Leonor Watling is not only a beautiful Spanish girl. Maria de Medeiros and Alfred Molina enrich the film with their small parts. Everyone is great, but Sarah Polley definitely rules. She is much more talented than 95% of current Hollywood young "stars". Gwyneth Paltrow, for instance, would be ridiculous as Ann; but as Sarah Polley hasn't got 'starpower', she didn't even get an Oscar nomination. It's OK. Sarah doesn't need an Academy Award to prove her talent, and we won a great actress.


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