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Feature 6.5
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 9.0
Total 7.9
Distributor: Fox
Running Time:
90 minutes
Classification:
M15+
Reviewer:
Felix Stacia

7.9


My Life Without Me (2003)

Writer/director Isabel Coixet’s film about Nanci Kincaid’s book requires a certain frame of mind if it is to be enjoyed and understood fully. Do not be sleepy, do not be distracted and do not be physically uncomfortable whilst watching. This slow, painful meditation on death in the modern family is largely subjective, focusing on the feelings of terminal cancer patient Ann (Sarah Polley). 

The likeable wife and mother in her early 20s is at the university—if only as a cleaner. In a circumstance of tragic irony, a medical examination of what she thinks is a foetus—new life—turns out to be a tumour: life ending. She tells no one—not her husband nor mother (played by Debbie Harry) but consoles herself to her fate by quietly planning a sound future for what will be her family sans her. 

Her realisation that her life will end also prompts her to experiment with aspects of life she would not normally do: have extra-marital relations and try out an unusual hairstyle from her reggae-tragic, crypto-lesbian stylist. 

Ann’s remote and ‘modest’ circumstances give the film real grit and gravitas. Such a project always requires performances of elevated pathos and the cast does not fail to deliver the goods. It is a sombre and meditative piece, which plateaus to a serene and courageous conclusion. 

The DVD also has the following extras:

  • Behind the scenes footage

  • Q & A with director Isabel Coixet

  • Music video

  • Cast and crew biographies
    Trailers

I enjoyed this one, but please be aware that it might have a sedative effect if not watched in the prescribed recommendations above! 

Felix Staica






 
 



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