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The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)

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A woman's survivor's guilt from a Columbine-like event twenty years ago causes her present-day idyllic life to fall apart.

Director:

Vadim Perelman

Writers:

Laura Kasischke (novel), Emil Stern (screenplay)
2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Uma Thurman ... Diana (Adult)
Evan Rachel Wood ... Diana (Teen)
Eva Amurri Martino ... Maureen (as Eva Amurri)
Gabrielle Brennan ... Emma
Brett Cullen ... Paul
Oscar Isaac ... Marcus
Jack Gilpin ... Mr. McCleod
Maggie Lacey ... Amanda (Adult)
John Magaro ... Michael Patrick
Lynn Cohen ... Sister Beatrice
Nathalie Paulding ... Amanda (Teen) (as Nathalie Nicole Paulding)
Molly Price ... Diana's Mother
Oliver Solomon ... Detective
Anna Moore ... Blonde Student (as Anna Renee Moore)
Isabel Keating ... Maureen's Mother
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Storyline

A dramatic thriller about Diana, a suburban wife and mother who begins to question her seemingly perfect life--and perhaps her sanity--on the 15th anniversary of a tragic high school shooting. In flashbacks, Diana is a vibrant high schooler who, with her shy best friend Maureen, plot typical teenage strategies--cutting class,fantasizing about boys--and vow to leave their sleepy suburb at the first opportunity. The older Diana, however, is haunted by the increasingly strained relationship she had with Maureen as day of the school shooting approached. These memories disrupt the idyllic life she's now leading with her professor husband Paul and their young daughter Emma. As older Diana's life begins to unravel and younger Diana gets closer and closer to the fatal day, a deeper mystery slowly unravels. Written by Marisa_Gabriella

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Your life can change in an instant. That instant can last forever. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent and disturbing content, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 2008 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

In Bloom See more »

Filming Locations:

Darien, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,220, 20 April 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$303,439, 29 June 2008
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Company Credits

Production Co:

2929 Productions See more »
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although the location in which the film takes place is never identified, the cars have Connecticut license plates. See more »

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Quotes

Maureen: How did you do on that test?
Young Diana: I did ok, I got the one about the heart...
Young Diana: I don't really think that's true though, Maureen - -about it being the strongest muscle...
Young Diana: [crying] I don't think in my case it is at all.
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Connections

References The Magic School Bus (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

She's Not There
Composed by Rod Argent
Performed by The Zombies
Publisher: Marquis Music Co. Ltd. for the World
Zombies recording licensed from Marquis Enterprises Ltd.
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No twist necessary
16 September 2008 | by EXodus25XSee all my reviews

This is one of those films that is difficult to review without reviling any key plot points, so I will try my best to not. First off the acting is really good in this film, the original premise of this film is great and even Academy Award material. Instead of taking advantage of this, the director Vadim Perelman tries to be to clever for his own good. Within it's closing minutes the director decides to pull the carpet from underneath the audience, sometimes that works, but in my opinion, not here. Mostly because I liked the direction the film was going, I liked the original idea, a lot, but instead of that we have a forced ending, that has the audience scratching there heads and trying to put it all together. Sure there are times when putting it all together after the film is good, but at the expense of a possibly great film, it's just not worth that. I don't want my comments about the directors decisions to take away from Evan Rachel Wood and Uma Thurman's performances, they were both great and deserving of a much better and emotional final scene. There I think I did it, now you won't know what's coming, you'll just know it's going to be crap when it does.


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