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My Life Without Me [DVD] [2007]

Sarah Polley , Scott Speedman , Isabel Coixet    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sarah Polley, Scott Speedman, Mark Ruffalo, Debbie Harry
  • Directors: Isabel Coixet
  • Writers: Nanci Kincaid
  • Producers: Esther García, Gordon McLennan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: In 2 Film
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P1KTFA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,660 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


An unsentimental account of a young woman, Ann (Sarah Polley) who discovers at the age of 24 that she is suffering from cancer of the uterus and has only a few months to live. Ann has been living a modest life with her husband and two children in a trailer near her parents' home. Her mother (Debbie Harry) is coping with the fact that Ann's father (Alfred Molina) is serving a ten-year prison sentence. Ann quietly compiles a list of things she wants to achieve before her death, and decides to keep her illness a secret from her loved ones. Her goals include finding someone to care for her husband Don (Scott Speedman), recording birthday messages for her two daughters, and falling in love.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars small budget but gigantic film 20 Aug 2004
By Tatiana
I saw this film a few nights ago and it is still with me. This sort of thing doesn't happen often. I cried like I would cry if a relative died, it really is that touching. Ann is 23 years old and has 2 little girls. She lives in a trailer in her mum's (played by Debra Harry) back yard. She is married to a man who loves both her and the girls, (the scenes in which they all get ready in the morning is especially lovely). She becomes diagnosed with cancer and has 2 months to live. She sets out to write a list of things to do before she dies. Sleep with another man is one of these, enter Mark Ruffalo. This film does not attempt to pull at your heart strings for the sake of it, what is tries to do is show the desperation and clarity one gets when they find out they are going to die. There are no rules anymore, no conduct of behaviour to follow, and this is portrayed with grace and wonder. I marvel at this film and now count it as one of my top 10.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange and beautiful 26 May 2004
This is the sad, simple story of Anne, a 23 year old woman married with thwo kids, living in a trailer with the first man she ever kissed. She tragically discovers she has advanced cancer and has 3 months to live. Instead of living life to the full she draws up a modest list of things such as recording messaged to her children, findong another woman for her husband and seeing her mother happy again. The most important thing she does however, is decide to make another man fall in love with her.
This is, quite simply, the most uplifiting and beautiful film I have ever seen. Although the plot premise is distressing the film never strikes a morbid or sombre note. This isn't about the tragedy of death, it's about the beauty of life and is carried by a superb cast with Sarah Polley giving an Oscar calibre performance. You won't shed a tear on the outside, but if you're not moved and amazed by this spectacular film, there is something wrong with you. Buy this film and I can guarantee you won't regret it. You may even realise what the true value of life is.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting 18 July 2004
By Laura
I had the pleasure of seeing this film at the London Film Festival with the director giving a shrot introduction to the film beforehand. I have to say, it is probably one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen, both in terms of visuals and performance.
Although the subject matter could have made the film depressing, there is none of that in this film. Instead of a preoccupation with death, the film has an enormous appreciation of life.
Sarah Polley gives a touching performance and Mark Ruffalo is amazing as the man Ann makes fall in love with her.
In conclusion, heartbreaking but so worth it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Ernie
Ann is a happily married 23 year old woman and mother of two young girls, she works as a night cleaner in the local university and lives in a trailer at the bottom of her mother's backyard.
After collapsing at home with stomach pains, she's taken to hospital for tests and then told she has ovarian cancer which has spread to her stomach and liver and has at best two months to live. She calmly decides not to tell anyone about the seriousness of her illness, tells family and friends she is suffering from mild anaemia and decides to make a list of things she needs to do before she dies, which include recording birthday messages for her children for every year until they're 18, finding a new wife for her husband, and having sex with another man to see what it's like.
This is a beautifully crafted drama which avoids all the usual Hollywood clichés and portrays Ann as a young woman in a completely honest and natural way. The direction from Isabel Coixet is exceptional; managing to take a sensitive and emotional issue and bring it down to a very human story which has equal measures of sadness and life-affirming humour. Undoubtedly one the best scenes in the film is the moment when Ann is told that she has terminal cancer, which highlights both Coixet's self-assurance as a director and the unwavering confidence she had in her leading actress to shoot the entire scene in close-up, Sarah Polley's reaction as Ann is told of her plight was simply outstanding.
Overall, this is a superb indie drama which is one of those films which hang in your mind days after watching it leaving your with your own questions on Ann's choices and while some of them are morally questionable, as a viewer it's near impossible to pass judgement on her actions; if you were 23 with a young family and had just two months to live wouldn't you have deserved the right to do some things purely for yourself?
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still with me 20 July 2004
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I saw this film back in April, it's still with me and I know that it'll be with me for a long while. There's a lot here that in other films you'd take as manipulative or obvious - but here it works wonderfully and powerfully. I feel like I know the characters and I was drawn into their world and where they are in life. I feel heartbroken that Ann won't grow to see her daughters flourish, won't be able to share her life and love with the people around her. It's a film about life, about feeling, and about dreaming. The first 30 seconds alone blew me away - Anne standing in the rain, feeling it, sensing it, hearing it. Thinking to herself, 'So here I am, standing in the rain' and soaking up every single tiny, magical moment of it. I feel human from watching it. I'm 'one of the people who like to look up at the moon' - and can't recommend this strongly enough.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
We all at some point have to face our life without us. Our time will end and the world will go on, the ones we will will survive without us. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Julian Ward
3.0 out of 5 stars Didnt make me cry
Usually with this type of film I cry. Here I did not. Still a good film. Tho not great. Mark Ruffallo is drop dead gorgeous. And Scott Speedman is not bad either. Read more
Published 7 months ago by BigAl82
5.0 out of 5 stars film reveiw
the film was very good and made you think about how fragile life can be best film I have watched for a while excellent
Published 11 months ago by Martin Grieve
5.0 out of 5 stars a modern classic, best indie flick ever, with lovely soundtrack and...
this is a gem of a movie, compelling, believable performances, and lovely soundtrack...can't get enough of mark ruffalo in this film..
Published 12 months ago by miss d
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off by the title
Don't be put off by the title like I was at first sight. This is a low budget movie that I'm happy to report doesn't have the pizzaz of hollywood nonesense written all over it with... Read more
Published 14 months ago by AM Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars An ok film
This film was pleasant enough but predictable and everything that the main character wanted to achieve before she died all fell into place a bit too easily and unbelievably. Read more
Published on 28 July 2012 by A customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful, incredibly moving while never blatantly.
Simply wonderful, incredibly moving while never blatantly manipulative. A masterpiece of the last decade to be put alongside the director's Secret Life of Words. Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2012 by Simon Turner
2.0 out of 5 stars This film is low budget, poorly made rubish
I cannot believe that some one who is dying could ever behave in the way the main character choses to. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2011 by J. R. Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars The movie that makes you think
This is my favourite movie. First time bought it by accident but then just love it and have been watching it again and again and still love it. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2011 by Dee
4.0 out of 5 stars A moving, thoughtful and beautifully crafted indie drama.
Ann is a happily married 23 year old woman and mother of two young girls, she works as a night cleaner in the local university and lives in a trailer at the bottom of her mother's... Read more
Published on 24 April 2010 by Ernie
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