My Life Without Me (2003) Movie Review

Director: Isabel Coixet

Writer: Isabel Coixet (Screenplay) Nanci Kincaid (Book)

Starring: Sarah Polley, Amanda Plummer, Scott Speedman, Mark Ruffalo, Debbie Harry, Julian Richings

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

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Polley is Exceptional

Story: My Life Without Me starts as we meet mother, wife and cleaner Ann (Polley) who has a routine in her day that puts her children first and gets the positives out of her life, until one day she collapses, learning she has terminal cancer.

Ann decides to keep the news to herself, trying not to bring the burden on her family, while she sets out her own plan of a bucket list, things that will leave her family with happy memories about her, while also looking to explore a few things she never got to, including meeting other men, with Lee (Ruffalo) being the one she turns to.

Thoughts on My Life Without Me

Characters – Ann is the mother, wife and cleaner, she has always put her kids first, only she never got to live her younger life, this has never bothered her until she learns she has terminal cancer, now she wants to remain happy for family, but take a few more chances in life, while making sure her family will remember her once she is gone. Ann shows us what it is like to see the world come crashing down around them, while needing to remain strong. Don is the husband to Ann, he works hard to help support the family too, he is always good to her, he does know that Ann is the strength in his life too. Lee is the stranger Ann meets, she does want to know more from love, which is why she turns to Lee for something she could never get from Don the man she loves, he is always friendly and caring towards here. We do also meet other people in Ann’s life, we have her mother, co-worker, children and doctors, all give Ann different decision to make in her remaining life.

PerformancesSarah Polley is amazing in this film, she steps up to be head and shoulders above the whole cast, bringing to life a character that feels like she could be in anybody’s life. We do have a strong supporting cast in mark Ruffalo, Scott Speedman and Amanda Plummer, who give Polley even more to work off through the film too.

StoryThe story here follows a young woman who has been living a routine life until she learns she has terminal cancer, she doesn’t want to let her family know, instead carry on like normal and take a few more chances in her own life. This does show a new way to make sure someone who is dying decides to show us a new way to make sure their family can be prepared once they are gone. We see how Ann is trying to do the right thing, both for the future and for her remaining time, without needing to dive into the painful treatment scene. The story is told in a such a way, where it sends the message to make the most of your own life no matter how difficult life could be for everyone.

RomanceThe romance in the film shows what Ann wanted in life, even though she is happy with what she has, it is all about what could be in her life.

SettingsThe film uses the setting to show us an everyday life that Ann lives in, the poorer family she is in, needing the two jobs to keep the trailer for her family.


Scene of the Movie – Making the list.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – We could see more of Don’s side of everyday life.

Final Thoughts This is a brilliantly acting movie that shows Sarah Polley at her very best, it has a touching story and gives an important message for all.

Overall: Touching Drama.

Signature Entertainment presents My Life Without Me on Digital HD July 31 and on Amazon Prime August 3rd

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ABC Film Challenge – Romance – # – 500 Days of Summer (2009) (Revisited)

Director: Marc Webb

Writer: Scott Neustadter, Micheal H Weber (Screenplay)

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Chloe Grace Moretz, Matthew Gray Gubler, Clark Gregg, Patricia Becher

 

Plot: An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn’t believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.


Tagline – Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn’t.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Perfect Relationship Movie

 

Story: 500 Days of Summer starts as we meet Tom (Gordon-Levitt), he has just broken up with Summer (Deschanel), this is the 248th day of these 500 Days of Summer. Tom’s sister Rachel (Moretz) is called to help him with the recover process by his best friends McKenzie (Arend) & Paul (Gubler). We proceed to the how Tom and Summer, met started dating along with the aftermath of their relationship.

As the story unfolds, we see the ups and downs the two have through their relationship, showing us how the modern day relationships are more difficult than people think they are.

 

Thoughts on 5000 Days of Summer

 

Characters – Tom is a greeting card writer with unrealistic visions of love, he is coasting through life with this job, even though he has a degree in architecture. When he meets Summer, he believes he has fallen in love and we see him at the best and worst moments of the beginning and aftermath of the relationship which will redefine his life. Summer is the new girl to the city and workplace of Tom’s, she isn’t looking for a serious relationship, though she does want friend, which sees her befriend Tom for a casual relationship. She does make this clear from the start which we do see from the subtle signs she is making that this isn’t for the serious moment in life, not ready to follow in her parent’s footsteps. McKenzie and Paul are the two best friends of Tom’s who have been through different relationships, one doesn’t date the other met their wife at a young age. Rachel is the older than she should be younger sister of Tom’s, she is still in school, but seems to know more about relationships then Tom. Vance is the Tom’s boss who treats his staff very well, willing to see they might be going through problems and discussing them with their staff.

PerformancesJoseph Gordon-Levitt gives one of the best performances in any romantic comedy film that you will ever see, he makes his character feel like an everyday person that we can relate too. Zooey Deschanel is fantastic too, she has always been able to play the girl-next door with ease and this is no different. The supporting cast compliment the two leads excellently giving us the moments of comedy that we need while handle the serious moments too.

StoryThe story here paints the modern relationship through the eyes of Tom, somebody who believed in love only to end up in a relationship with a lady that doesn’t believe in it. We see the beginning where everything is going smoothly and the aftermath, which shows us just how romance isn’t going to be easy to get over. For me this is one of the most realistic looks at love because it shows just how you can fall in love, you can be coasting through life and you need moments in life help put you back on course to reach your own potential. This is easily the most relatable stories you will ever see, it tells us just how difficult love can be in the modern world and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in the film mostly comes from the supporting cast, it all hits well giving us the laughs we need to lighten the mood without turning into a laugh out loud scene. The romance in this film shows us just how difficult love can be in the modern world.

SettingsThe film is set in the big city, which show how people can come from around the country to be together in the unlikely outcome.


Scene of the Movie –
You Make My Dreams Come True.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The girl at the interviews name, always has pissed me off.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily one of the most perfect romance movies in modern cinema, it shows the realistic vision of love unlike most of the romantic movies that are getting thrown out there.

 

Overall: Must watch romance.

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