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This Little Life (2003)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Ashfield ... Sadie MacGregor
David Morrissey ... Richie MacGregor
Peter Mullan ... Neonatologist
Anthony Borrows ... Luke
Sian Reeves ... Glenda (as Sian Reeves)
Alan Stocks Alan Stocks ... Alan
Corinne S. Carter Corinne S. Carter ... Midwife
Alexis Tuttle ... Doctor at Birth
Emma Lowndes Emma Lowndes ... Nurse at Birth
Linda Bassett ... Nurse Nina
Shauna Shim Shauna Shim ... Nurse Janey
Gerry Hinks Gerry Hinks ... Richie's Father
Judi Jones Judi Jones ... Richie's Mother
Caroline O'Neill ... Nurse Babs
Archie Panjabi ... Niala
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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Det här lilla livet See more »

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a precise, gently crafted, and effortlessly moving gem
18 October 2003 | by toddfelstedSee all my reviews

I saw This Little Life at the Telluride Film Festival in its US premiere and felt, as I'm certain the rest of the audience did, that I was fortunate to be among the first to witness a gifted filmmaker's first feature. Gavron's restrained and classic approach to the story kept it far from the hamfisted pitfalls that many other directors may not have been able to avoid. Moments in the characters' lives that become too intimate to share with others are relegated to the audience's imagination; Gavron shuts doors and closes windows, allowing us to reflect unconsciously on the unspeakable instead of unnecessarily attempting to depict what is universally understood. I cannot imagine more difficult subject matter to tackle in a film nor can I imagine it handled with more sensitivity--the director caresses her audience with the same warmth and nurturing ability as that of a mother with her newborn child. The performances echo Gavron's soft, elegant touch and are, across the board, extraordinary and profoundly understated. Making people cry is a learned cinema trickery, but truly moving them is a gift. This one will stay with me for a very long time and I hope that it is released in the states so I can share it with others. Kudos to all who helped bring this beautiful film together.


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