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My Life Without Me

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Spain, Canada · 2003
Rated R · 1h 46m
Director Isabel Coixet
Starring Sarah Polley, Amanda Plummer, Scott Speedman, Mark Ruffalo
Genre Drama, Romance

Ann, a divorced mother with two young daughters, finds out through a cancer diagnosis that she has two months left to live. Instead of telling her family, she decides to make the most of her time left and secretly makes preparations for how to spend her last two months.

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Village Voice by

What's annoying and eventually absurd is writer-director Isabel Coixet's decision to have her heroine keep the diagnosis a secret.


Variety by David Stratton

With a glowing performance by Sarah Polley as the doomed woman, this Spanish-Canadian co-prod, filmed in English, is surprisingly adept at avoiding the worst cliches and most manipulative elements inherent in such a story.


L.A. Weekly by Ella Taylor

My Life Without Me was produced by the studio of Pedro Almodóvar, and one sees the Spanish director's influence in the way Polley edges her Madonna with a touch of the reckless sensualist.


Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

A splendid cast, coupled with Isabel Coixet's deeply committed writing and direction, goes a long way to make this movie affecting to watch even it if doesn't hold up well to reflection once the lights go up.


The Hollywood Reporter by Kirk Honeycutt

Successfully surmounts nearly all the challenges of making a film about a young person dying. Which means the writer-director avoids pitfalls. It is not cloying or sentimental or falsely optimistic. It avoids bathos and exaggerated emotions. Instead, the film affirms life in surprising and gratifying ways.

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