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Me Without You (2001)

R | | Drama | 23 November 2001 (UK)
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Two best friends grow up on the Isle of Wight and in Brighton in the 1970s and 1980s.

Director:

Sandra Goldbacher

Writers:

Sandra Goldbacher (screenplay), Laurence Coriat (screenplay)
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ella Jones Ella Jones ... Young Holly
Anna Popplewell ... Young Marina
Cameron Powrie Cameron Powrie ... Young Nat
Trudie Styler ... Linda
Allan Corduner ... Max
Deborah Findlay ... Judith
Nicky Henson ... Ray
Anna Friel ... Marina
Michelle Williams ... Holly
Oliver Milburn ... Nat
Hannah Bourne Hannah Bourne ... Carolyn
Russell Mabey ... Craig (as Russell Maybey)
Blake Ritson ... Tim
Francis Lee ... Paul
Eve Cooper-Rose Eve Cooper-Rose ... Sophie
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Storyline

Growing up in the 1970s on the Isle of Wight, Holly and Marina make a childhood pact to be friends forever. For the troubled, unpredictable Marina, with her seemingly glamorous father and her Valium-addicted mother, Holly stays the only constant in a life of divorcing parents, experimental drugs and fashionable self-destruction. Meanwhile, Holly buries herself in books out of feelings of frustration with her over-protective mother and a nagging insecurity around her beautiful and possessive best friend. She holds just one secret from Marina, her increasing passion for Marina's brother Nat. As the years roll by, the girls experience everything life has to offer, sex, love, loss and rock 'n roll. But eventually for Holly, a friendship which has never been equal gradually begins to feel like a trap. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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From Sandra Goldbacher, writer/director of The Governess, comes a film about the agonies and ecstasies of friendship.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Germany

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

23 November 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida Sem Você See more »

Filming Locations:

Ramsey, Isle of Man See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,816, 7 July 2002

Gross USA:

$304,909

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$369,226
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Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Anna Friel originally auditioned for the role of Holly. See more »

Goofs

In 1982 fragment "Do you want me to want you to?" Holly said her favorite film of Tarkovsky was "Nostalghia" (1983) which hadn't been released yet by that time. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Marina: [to blindfolded Holly] Take a step forward. And another one. And another. Right leg up. Higher. What's the matter, don't you trust me.
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Connections

References Wild Strawberries (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

(Drawing) Rings Around the World
(2001)
Performed by Super Furry Animals
Produced by Chris Shaw and Super Furry Animals
Courtesy of Epic Records/Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd
Written by Huw Bunford (as Bunford) / Cian Ciaran (as Ciaran) / Dafydd Ieuan (as Leuan) / Guto Pryce (as Pryce) / Gruff Rhys (as Rhys)
Published by Universal Publishing Ltd
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Surprisingly good...
15 November 2001 | by mikegraySee all my reviews

Friendship is a curious thing, and it's a topic which hasn't been explored too recently at the cinema. Me Without You puts this right, following the relationship between Holly (Williams) and Marina (Friel) from the seventies through the present, watching as them grow up and exploring their feelings towards each other and each other's families.

Imagine a British answer to The Ice Storm or American Beauty, and you're about half-way there, as this contains performances of genuine passion and emotion which leads you to engage on a surprisingly deep level with the characters as it delves beneath the surface of friendship. There is a moment about an hour in with Holly where it was impossible not to feel her character's desperation. While mostly drama, there are many moments of subtle humour which are effective without disturbing the overall flow of the piece.

The direction, especially with some inspired lighting in the last half hour is more than adequate, and the soundtrack perfectly evokes the spirit of the era, as do the costumes which have obviously had great care taken over them.

More importantly, though, this is a film which will really make you think, make you question the nature of friendship and your friends - you'll want to recommend this film to them, but you probably won't for fear of losing them afterwards!

A delight, and not at all what you might expect from a British film starring an ex soap actress. The two leads put in fine performances, and the supporting cast more than pull their weight. It's fair to say that I felt some of the nudity and drug use were slightly gratuitous, but this is a criticism that could also be levelled at American Beauty to a certain extent. This isn't quite a five star film, but it's pretty close.


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