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Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 1 May 2009 (Sweden)
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An unhappy wife orders a guy she meets over the Internet to kill her, but the two of them fall in love.

Director:

Johan Renck

Writers:

Pamela Cuming, Lee Ross (as Lee H. Ross)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maria Bello ... Nancy Stockwell
Rufus Sewell ... Albert Stockwell
Jason Patric ... Louis Farley
Amy Brenneman ... Carol
Michael Nyqvist ... Stan
David Lawrence Brown ... Billy Ringel (as Dave Brown)
Josh Strait Josh Strait ... Medic
Kimberly Elek Kimberly Elek ... Little Girl
Matthew Harrison ... Golf Video Announcer
Sunny Doench ... Newsreporter
Justin Scot ... Golf Meditation Voice (voice)
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Storyline

Sick of her life, housewife Nancy just wants it to be over and done with, but rather than kill herself, she hires a stranger from the Internet to do the job for her. But fate takes a strange turn when she meets her killer and the two fall in love. Of course, Nancy realizes that love and murder do not naturally go hand in hand. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 2009 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

A Libertação de Nancy See more »

Filming Locations:

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,324, 7 June 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,153, 30 August 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Holly Hunter, William Hurt, Radha Mitchell and Stellan Skarsgård were originally attached to this project. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nancy: It's like walking on fake ground upside down, choking.
Carol: Oh, is that what you think love feels like?
Nancy: No. Death is like sucking pure oxygen.
Carol: And life?
Nancy: It's like being trapped inside the wrong house looking for a way out.
Carol: Well, how do you know you'll be able to breathe once you die?
Nancy: Because I'll be outside my body. I'll be floating and free.
Carol: How do you know? How do you know it won't be worse?
Nancy: I know it will be better than this.
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Very well made, but still not for everyone
11 September 2010 | by Nooshin_NavidiSee all my reviews

None of the reviews mentioned this movie being based on true events; a noteworthy fact given the disturbing storyline... The film is definitely not for everyone. It's about deeply troubled people & is VERY dark & very cold, made even more so by the meticulous art direction, camera work & editing.

The cast is terrific, with a heartbreaking performance by Maria Bello who tackles her character with perfect emotional tone and tempo. It's a tough role precisely because it's so disturbing, and if overacted or otherwise played wrong, the character could become unlikeable, maudlin or self-indulgent. Bello manages to be none of these things.

I didn't find the sex scenes gratuitous, or as one critic called it, "S&M soft-porn". In fact I felt the scenes were appropriately restrained. And there were many tender moments & much pathos throughout the film, including in some of the s&m scenes.

As for the question of why Nancy simply didn't leave the marriage, she herself explains this when confronted by Louis with the same question. This is not the story of a woman with normal problems, marital or otherwise. This is the story of a woman who as a child was sexually abused by her uncle for a long time. And her mother exacerbated that emotional damage by blaming Nancy for the abuse. Typical of many sexual abuse victims, Nancy translated the abuse into "being loved", which compelled her to long for it in subsequent relationships. The therapy she finally seeks is too-little/too-late for someone with her type & degree of disturbance.

I was okay with the ending & am glad they didn't decide to lighten things up & make it more commercially viable by going for a "happy ending" & having Nancy live happily ever after w/ Louis. That would be too Hollywood. In real life, some people simply can't overcome the pain of such prolonged and heinous abuse & end up choosing death over life as the ultimate release from unbearable pain...

~NN


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