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Things We Lost in the Fire
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Academy Award winners Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro star in director Susanne Biers (the Oscar-nominated "After the Wedding") powerful new drama "Things We Lost in the Fire" Audrey Burke (Berry) is reeling from the shock of the news that has just been delivered to her door by the local police: her warm and loving husband Brian (David Duchovny), the father of their two young children, has been killed in a random act of violence. Once anchored by the love and comforts of their 11-year marriage, Audrey is now adrift. Impulsively, she turns to Jerry Sunborne (Del Toro), a down-and-out addict who has been her husbands close friend since childhood. Desperate to fill the painful void caused by her husbands death, Audrey invites Jerry to move into the room adjacent to their garage in the hope that he can help her and her children cope with their sudden loss. Jerry is facing a daily battle to stay off drugs, but in his unexpected role as surrogate parent and friend to Audreys son and daughter he finds a core of inner resilience. As Jerry and Audrey navigate grief and denial, their fragile bonds are constantly tested. Working together, however, they discover the strength to move forward.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.53 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : Susanne Bier
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 58 minutes
- Release date : March 4, 2008
- Actors : Halle Berry, Benicio Del Toro, Alison Lohman, David Duchovny, Alexis Llewellyn
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish
- Producers : Allan Loeb, Barbara Kelly, Pippa Harris, Sam Mendes, Sam Mercer
- Studio : Dreamworks Video
- ASIN : B00114XTHA
- Writers : Allan Loeb
- Number of discs : 1
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I’ve always been a fan of del Toro and he doesn’t disappoint here. He does great with conflicted and struggling characters like this. They don’t spend much time on his relationship with Duchovny but it’s still revealing. The person who actually steals the show is Duchovny-Berry’s daughter Alexis Llewellyn. She’s like the conscience of the family from saying “Meat is murder” to telling del Toro not to steal things for his drug habit. The plot is also surprising because you think it’s going to go in a very predictable direction and then throws you for a loop.
This is a movie of grief, how we grieve, and sometimes the stages we go through. This is a true emotional film, two young children who were adored, left behind, and how they grieve. The history is that Audrey always disl8ked Jerry. He took her husband away at times. Brian and Jerry were chums from childhood, and Brian never gave up on Jerry. He always celebrated his birthday, and Jerry always loved him. Brian’s death affected them all, and Audrey and Jerry become friends, sort of. Jerry moves into the garage to help out while he is trying to recover from his drug addiction. The next door neighbor who hates his wife, takes Jerry 7nder his wing and they run together everyday. Day by day things move on, but the process of grief is rocky, and this is not always a good thing.
A well acted film that moves a little slowly but tells a wonderful story.
Recommended. prisrob 12-08-18
story of losing the love of your life. The grieving is ongoing and coped with differently as those relationships begin their own path to living again with their loss. Jerry feels bonded to his best friends children and becomes their focus of sympathetic support in honor of their father's friendship with Jerry. An awakening for Jerry when their bonds strengthen and he realizes his best friend's family needs him as much as he needs them. HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE THAT!!
Yeah let’s bring the “most hated best friend/ hard drug user,chain smoker,alcoholic....to a room full of preteen girls oh,and move him into the garage , lol, so that he can help pay off the mortgage, ‘cause his life skills and job skills are , like you know - none.
BDelT acting is on the level and he’s alright in his role, he’s interesting and watchable and as such he’s the only redeeming quality of this movie. The kids are slightly annoying, but ok. DD is miscast in this. The one eye zooms are useless and so is the movie title.
don't sweat the small stuff. it takes up too much precious time.
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The constant change to flashbacks without warning is irritating, often confusing [lose a *] and lazy as it’s technically easy to differentiate such scenes. The film ambles along at a leisurely pace as we gradually build up a character profile of the central characters and their inter-relationships and how they try to rebuild their shattered lives. But you just have to wonder at Audrey’ motives in many of the scenes.
The single disc opens to 3 trailers [with a neat straight to main menu option] before going to main menu offering play, subtitles [english/english for hard of hearing], special features [a discussion about the film, deleted scenes and a trailer] and scenes selection.
With a compelling story, good acting, nice camera work etc. Its hard to fault this emotional movie even though there are a few points that don’t gel that well, but the start really weakened it for me so I can only give ****, as it could have been handled much better.
The two leads, Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro give incredible performances that show their characters development over some months and over the two hours of the film. The supporting cast also excel and give very credible performances. The directing from Susanne Bier and the use of some very close up shots and hand held cameras help to convey the emotions of the people (especially the two main characters) that we see.
There is a great deal of hand held camera work but it is done with great skill. All the same if you don’t like that type of filming you might want to avoid. But it would be a shame to miss out on such a great film.
An original and well made film that has some superb performances and excellently told narrative.
On the DVD you get:
Things We Lost In The Fire (1 hour 53 minutes)
Subtitles: English for the hearing impaired (optional)
A Discussion about Things We Lost In The Fire (20 minutes)
Deleted Scenes (9 minutes)
The Subtitles are available for the Main Feature and for the Extra Features.
The movie is told intially by going back and forth into scenes from the recent past and the present. We get an insight into Brian's life (played by David Duchovny) with his wife, children and best friend from the flashbacks.
Not long after the funeral Audrey (the grieving wife played by Halle Berry) offers her spare room in the garage to Jerry, the husband's best childhood friend, who is also a junkie, to aide in his rehabilitation but also to offer some support to the grieving family at the same time. The movie follows the family's struggles dealing with Brian's death and Jerry's pain at coming off drugs and making a life for himself.
The idea of the movie is a good one but is poorly executed in 'Things We Lost in the Fire'. Del Toro's acting as the drug dependant Jerry is to me the only highlight of the movie. What lets this movie down is the central relationship between Berry and Duchovny. Their relationship doesn't work and you do not believe that Audrey actually misses him after his death. First of all the flashbacks are largely dominated by Audrey and Brian arguing. Secondly, the scene where she finally plucks up the courage to go into Brian's home office after his death is the worst. She cries into the camera with no tears, beats on Jerry's chest with mock anguish and then pushes everything off his desk in apparent rage - this is after she has invited Jerry to hop into her bed and asked him to pretend to be Jerry to help her to get to sleep.
The movie just doesn't work for me and I guess it never hit it big at the box office because I had never hear of it and only bought on the back of the music for the film being composed by Gustavo Santaolalla. It really is just an OK movie with big names involved in its production (Sam Mendes) and acting. I wouldn't recommend buying this movie for your DVD collection.