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My Life Without Me (2003)

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

Director:

Isabel Coixet

Writers:

Isabel Coixet, Nanci Kincaid (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Polley ... Ann
Amanda Plummer ... Laurie
Scott Speedman ... Don
Leonor Watling ... Ann, the Neighbor
Debbie Harry ... Ann's Mother (as Deborah Harry)
Maria de Medeiros ... The Hairdresser
Mark Ruffalo ... Lee
Julian Richings ... Dr. Thompson
Kenya Jo Kennedy Kenya Jo Kennedy ... Patsy
Jessica Amlee ... Penny
Esther García Esther García ... Woman who does nails
Camille Martinez Camille Martinez ... (as Camille Martínez)
María Cami María Cami
Deanne Henry Deanne Henry ... Waitress
Gillian Barber ... 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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Spain | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 2003 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi vida sin mí See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,515, 28 September 2003

Gross USA:

$400,948

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,781,854
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The reoccurring clip of the man at the side of the road using crystal glasses as musical instruments is actually going back to the music video for one of the featured songs in the film's background score. "Humans Like You" by Chop Suey had an official music video which featured the same figure playing with crystal glasses in it. This confused a lot of viewers when My Life Without Me was first released, because it wasn't ever explained to the audience. See more »

Goofs

Ann says that her birthday is in December. Later, she says she is an Aquarius. The astrological signs associated with December are Sagittarius and Capricorn. An Aquarius would have been born in late January or early February. See more »

Quotes

The Hairdresser: So yeah, I'll see you in a few weeks!
Ann: [wistful] No, you won't.
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Connections

Referenced in Muchachada nui: Episode #4.2 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Sometime Later
Written by Martin Barnard, Corin Dingley, Andy Jenks
Performed by Alpha
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User Reviews

 
a weepie par excellence
21 November 2003 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Really, this film should be too much to bear. An attractive young mother discovers she has 2 months to live and sets about trying to make use of her time doing things for herself and the people she loves; but keeping her diagnosis to herself. The film intentionally concentrates on the start of this period, allowing it to soft-focus the pain, and from a certain perspective, everything works out with an almost synthetic convenience. And yet this is a great film. All the performances are spot on (even Debbie Harry is great against type), and it's full of humour, not black death-defying humour but the life-affirming humour of everyday life. Additionally, the film is wonderfully constructed, both in the skill with which it moves between scenes and also in the larger way the story in told (the entire plot is structured around an eventual suicide that is only implied) - cloyingness is averted through the confidence the director has in the tale and the cast. Death is surely never this romantic, but in its own way this film is as harrying as Mike Nicholls' 'Wit'. A painful film, but one that makes you glad to be alive.


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