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The Life Before This (1999)

Several innocent bystanders are injured or killed when two robbers, fleeing from the police, run into the neighborhood cafe.

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Jerry Ciccoritti

Writer:

Semi Chellas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine O'Hara ... Sheena
Joe Pantoliano ... Jake Maclean
Sarah Polley ... Connie
Stephen Rea ... Brian
Bernard Behrens ... Monsieur Farrin
Martha Burns ... Gwen Maclean
Fab Filippo Fab Filippo ... Michael (as Fabrizio Filippo)
Emily Hampshire ... Margaret
David Hewlett ... Nick
Leslie Hope ... Alice
Joel Keller ... Kevin
Dan Lett ... Sam
Carl Marotte ... Stan
Alison Pill ... Jessica
Callum Keith Rennie ... Martin Maclean
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Storyline

In Toronto, two criminals enter a café one evening and open fire against each other, leaving behind an establishment full of casualties. The stories of the day of many of those that are in the café at the time or could have been are told. Nick and Kevin are the two criminals who have just pulled off a heist, they dealing with an issue pertaining to Nick's wife, Alice. Sheena, a bridal store clerk, has had a bad history in her choice of men. She is trying to decide whether to meet or stand up her blind date for the evening. Jake, a lawyer, has defrauded one of his clients of $200,000 in the pressure he has felt in providing for his materialist wife Gwen's wants. An incident results in Jake needing to pay that money back immediately or probably be caught in his illegal actions. He has to decide if he will go to the one person he knows could help, but who he has long put out of his life out of moral judgment. Brian, a pest control technician, is having a sad day as a few incidents bring ... Written by Huggo

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live each day ... it may be your last.


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

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English | French | Italian

Release Date:

24 October 2000 (USA) See more »

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Dolby

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Color
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After the two gunmen run into the coffee shop and fire off a volley of shots, the camera pans those shot; including the young school girl who was held by one of the gunmen. As that gunman falls, he is holding her and they land with her about chest high, but in the next shot, she is lying considerably further away from the man. See more »

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not for the casual viewer
20 April 2004 | by wintyrewSee all my reviews

The Life Before This is one of those films most producers would be scared of making and most studios would have no idea how to market, which is a shame. Hollywood needs more movies like this. It is by no means a happy-go-lucky, feel-good, quickly forgotten movie like most crap put out today. It actually makes you think(God forbid!) about the importance of seemingly trivial choices that we make everyday and how much ability we have to unknowingly affect the people around us. Sarah Polley is absolutely amazing in this film, which is pretty par for the course with her, but the other actors are all strong enough to not be overshadowed. Credit should go to the director for switching between and connecting multiple story lines with ease and still making you feel like a really know all of the characters. If you're a fan of big budget, action-laden blockbusters or easy to digest fluff, stay away!!! LBT is an intelligent, eloquent, understated, and disturbing(but not unnecessarily or frivolously) film with all the subtlety and nuance of a Sofia Coppola pic. The acting is superb, the script is superb, the cinematograhpy is superb, everything simply works. This movie will leave you questioning, depressed, disturbed, and moved, and yet despite all this, there is something oddly life affirming about it. Rent it and see for yourself.


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