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Plot: A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss. Runtime: 118 mins Release Date: 19 Oct 2007
While the movie itself was very even-paced throughout, it allowed time to process the emotions that were being conveyed so the slower-pace worked. This movie- everything from storyline to characters- was amazing and thought provoking. I'd recommend it for anyone who wants to see a movie full of heart, brilliant acting, and a unique storyline. The wonderful acting didn't stop with Halle and Benecio either- the supporting characters including the children were fantastic! There was simply so much heart and likability in those roles. It is the type of movie that remains your head even <more>
after you leave the theater which for me, doesn't happen often.
Went to a preview of this movie last night. I was blown away by the powerful performances of Benicio Del Torro and Halle Berry. Del Torro's performance was particularly moving - his best ever and Halle Berry definitely delivers. This is the story of a woman who appears to have been so invested in her husband as the center of her universe that when she tragically loses him, she turns to his best friend who she has hated for years to keep from losing her connection to her husband. In the course of events, she discovers the redeeming qualities her husband had always seen in him.Del Torro <more>
gives a poignant performance of a drug addict who struggles to change his life after the loss of his best friend - with quiet dignity. A must see at least once. Although the movie is long, I can't imagine cutting one moment of this powerful story. Cinematically it's superb.Everyone who knows anyone who has struggled with addiction will be gripped by the performance of Del Torro.
This movie played out on screen like a book. It was so amazing to watch. I really loved how there was no music playing for like the first 15 minutes of the movie. This was one powerful film which is sure to get some Oscar nominations. Go see this film, it's a shame they didn't promote it better!I was so impressed with Bencio Del Torro he gave one of the best male performances that I have seen in a movie in a while. He was so believable as a recovering heroine addict. Halle Berry was sensational as a wife who is now learning to cope with the loss of her husband. This movie has a really <more>
nice weave affect to it. It jumps back and forth from beginning to end, but in non-intrusive way. I would highly recommend this film to anyone who loves movies. It is now on the top of my must see movie list!
Great Story, Great Acting and Directing!! (by Toolman911)
Saw this last evening at a preview screening here in Arizona and it was a LOT heavier than the trailer leads you to believe, which, I for one, was grateful for! Granted, this is only MY opinion, but I think that Halle does some of her best work in a long time here and for me, ranks up there with Monster's Ball and Losing Isaiah. Of course, Benecio is a great pleasure to watch as always, playing the demonized friend of David Duchovny, but I think Halle rises just a notch up everything here and truly shines! The supporting cast is also really enjoyable to watch, especially John Carroll <more>
Lynch playing a next door neighbor who finds an unlikely friend in Benecio's character. Great camera work and great direction all the way around and although the film is a bit long, I am glad the director had the wisdom not to rush through the story. Great film and I cannot wait to purchase it on DVD!
I think a lot of people are skipping "Things We Lost In The Fire" because they think it is going to be depressing. While the film is definitely sad, it is not depressing because it is about coping and surviving in the face of tragedy. It is one of the best films of the year.Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro give amazing performances and it is unfortunate that there are not more films that take advantage of their talents. I bet Halle Berry would not make so many bad films if she were given more scripts like this. The photography and directing are first rate. If you have enough <more>
interest in this movie to be reading this review, you need to run out and see "Things We Lost In The Fire." This is a film about the things that matter most in life. It will lose much of it's impact on video, so you need to see it on the big screen while you can.
I can't help but think that the film's script is based on the song "Sweet Jane" by the Velvet Underground. We first hear the famous opening lines when Brian visits Jerry in his apartment. Then Jerry sings the same lines under the shower in his room at Audrey's house, and to really hammer the point home, the song is played in its entirety when the credits roll. And if you know the song's lyrics and if you think about it for a minute, Audrey could be Jane, Brian could be Jack and that would make Jerry the rock 'n roll musician. So, if this script is indeed based on <more>
the song, Things We Lost In The Fire is a film about an impossible love story, and one which is not headed for a happy ending at that.Let me explain what I mean.***WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!*** In the song "Sweet Jane" there are 3 characters. There's the "I" of the story. The main thing we know about him is that he's in a rock 'n roll band. Then there's Jack and Jane. Jack's a banker and Jane's a clerk. Jack and Jane have money but they are like "wooden soldiers", all set in their ways. The rock 'n roll guy hasn't forgotten about the olden days when poets "studied the rules of verse" and the ladies rolled their eyes. And really, being in a rock 'n roll band is so much cooler than working in a bank. So naturally, the listener's sympathies lie with the rock 'n roll guy. Jack and Jane have everything, he has nothing. They grew up being able to go out dancing, he had "an evil mother" who told him "everything is just dirt". If you have a mother like that, I imagine you don't really grow up being all ambitious and you end up having to work instead of being able to enjoy your evenings in front of a fireplace "watch me now!" . But here's the catch: The song is called Sweet Jane. And just as much as it is not true that women always faint and that villains always blink their eyes, it is not true that the rock 'n roll lifestyle is always better than a banker's life. Because banker Jack has the one thing the rock 'n roll guy really wants and won't be able to get: He has Jane. Jane loves Jack "heavenly wine and roses seem to whisper to her when he smiles" but it's the rock 'n roll guy standing on the street corner with his suitcase in his hand who's longing for "sweet Jane".And you can tell Jerry has been in love with Audrey longer than he would want to admit. When Brian talks about Audrey sleeping with someone else, you can really see Jerry's interest sparking. In the diner, Jerry gears the conversation towards the subject of Audrey again asking Brian if she was angry he came to see Jerry . And when Brian says "I don't know why you're so dead set against seeing her again", Jerry's explanation is lame, to say the least. After he's moved in, we see him having dreams about her.But Jerry has very low self esteem the legacy of "an evil mother"? and he suffers silently through all of Audrey's verbal abuse "It should've been you, Jerry. Why wasn't it you?" . He tells Harper he couldn't fill her daddy's shoes. It pains him that Audrey wants to play match-maker for him and Kelly but he doesn't protest, he doesn't believe that it could work between him and Audrey, because frankly: "Anyone who's ever had a heart, they wouldn't turn around and break it. And everyone who's ever played a part, they wouldn't turn around and hate it." He knows his part and he knows she has her part and if I am interpreting his dream at the end correctly, he is not entirely convinced he could overcome his addiction. He's trying but fate is against him. He doesn't want to give up on himself completely, so it's one "one day at a time". But will the "life of Jack Brian " really suit him? Will he be able to live life as a mortgage broker? Well, the reward would be sweet.
The Good: The writing and acting are top notch. The Bad: The hand held camera pans and scans and really, REALLY, close, close-ups are a little dis-concerting.But Benicio DelToro is right on with his performance! Best acting I've seen in a while.Saw the movie at a preview in Cleveland. The Theatre was packed, and the reaction from most people was that it was too heavy, too depressing. But it is exactly that quality that makes it ring true. The interplay between the neighbor that hates his wife and Benicio's character are perfect. A smaller role is played by Alison Lohman Matchstick <more>
Men was also very well acted.A steadier camera without the wild pans and I would give it a 9 or 10.
Sometimes you have to view movies one day at a time. As a film buff, I have to take the good with the bad. Danish director Susanne Bier's first American venture, "Things We Lost in the Fire" is one of those surprisingly good human dramas that often gets lost in the shuffle and doesn't receive the credit it deserves.When Audrey Halle Berry loses her husband David Duchovny in a tragic Good Samaritan act gone bad, she deals with her grief in an unexpected way by inviting his drug-addicted best friend Jerry Benicio Del Toro to come live with her and her two young children <more>
while he "gets on his feet." Featuring a music score designed to remind people of "21 Grams" which also starred Del Toro and played with many of the same themes and interesting cinematography full of extreme close-ups and small visual details designed to evoke intimacy and realism, "Things We Lost in the Fire" delicately mirrors Audrey's grief process against Jerry's rocky recovery.The film is far from perfect as it sometimes deals with subjects especially the scenes where Jerry is withdrawing from heroin in a clichéd manner. Berry also struggles as she seems to underact in some of the more poignant scenes as a way to balance her overacting in some of the more theatrical scenes. However, her performance as an organic whole is very strong, and her character and her family feel and look "real." The things they say and the way they deal with their situations are raw and heartfelt without ever being sappy or sensationalistic. The kids are naturalistic, and they actually look like they could be the children of Berry and Duchovny. Del Toro is once again a revelation, and his performance speaks volumes with his mannerisms and facial expressions as he attempts to reconcile his sad past with a hopeful future. Sadly, his tour de force was overlooked by every end of the year awards in 2007.The bread and butter, however, is in the small details. "Things We Lost in the Fire" uses visual motifs, side stories, character foils, mirroring, and nuanced repetition in dialog as ways to develop grander themes. This is the stuff of great novels, and rarely do we find it attempted in film. What could have easily been dismissed as a melodramatic weeper turns out instead to be something quite good. The overlapping closing scenes where Berry speaks not a word while coming in from the rain, and Del Toro delivers a rehab monologue that gives quite possibly the most honest insight into addiction and recovery ever captured on screen, is a hauntingly hopeful mosaic of small moments. Yes, there were some moments of formulaic Hollywood gobbily-gook and some moments of strained drama, but these closing moments are real. They are good, and we as human beings as film goers have to learn to accept the good.
When I read the title of this film I honestly said aloud, "Um, alright then?". It kind of made me laugh and I did not really take it seriously, but I of course know you should not judge a film primarily on the title. It is not even that funny of a title, I just found it humorous for some reason. Anyway, pretty soon I heard so many wonderful things about it and I decided I might as well give it a try, because it at least sounded like it would be entertaining if anything else, and it had Halle Berry, who I always enjoy watching, regardless of the film. I put it in to watch it and <more>
immediately my eyes were glued to the television screen.I thought all the actors and actresses gave extremely powerful performances and the story line was very intriguing and strong where I did not think it would be. This was a very good movie and Halle Berry took on a character that, I at least, had never seen her play before which blew my mind. I liked Del Toro very much in his role, as well. I would go as far as to say that this movie was flawless in it's acting and performance skills, because there was nothing at all that was poor about it, but even though I say it is a great movie, it just didn't really excite me, personally. I mean, it was actually kind of a boring movie to watch at some points, but it is still very enjoyable for the performances, like I said. It surprised me how well of a movie it was, and I say if you have not seen it and are not thinking about giving it a chance, you are missing out on something special.