Me Without You

Me Without You

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Director: Sandra Goldbacher

Cast: Anna Friel, Michelle Williams, Kyle MacLachlan

     
 

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The joys and horrors of female friendship are explored in writer/director Sandra Goldbacher's Me Without You. Bold, brash, and fashionable Marina (played by Anna Popplewell as a child, and Anna Friel as a teen and adult) comes from a broken home. Her mother, Linda (Trudie Styler, who executive produced Guy Ritchie's first two films, and is also Sting's wife) isSee more details below

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The joys and horrors of female friendship are explored in writer/director Sandra Goldbacher's Me Without You. Bold, brash, and fashionable Marina (played by Anna Popplewell as a child, and Anna Friel as a teen and adult) comes from a broken home. Her mother, Linda (Trudie Styler, who executive produced Guy Ritchie's first two films, and is also Sting's wife) is a hip young divorcée who apologizes every time she yells at her children. Holly (Ella Jones as a child, Michelle Williams of Dawson's Creek and Dick as a teen and adult) is a timid bookworm, mildly ashamed of her Jewishness, and easily goaded into more outrageous behavior by Marina. Holly's mother (Deborah Findlay) tells her early on not to expect too much from men. She helps lower her daughter's expectations by telling her, "Some people are pretty people, and some are clever people, which is more important than looks." As girls in the early '70s, Marina and Holly form a pact to become "Harina," inseparable best friends. Next-door neighbors, they are never apart for long. But Holly harbors a secret crush on Marina's older brother, Nat (Oliver Milburn), and when the girls are teens, and Marina finds out about Holly's feelings, she does her best to keep the two apart. In college, when Holly bonds with a lit-crit professor, Daniel (Kyle Maclachlan), over Andrei Tarkovsky and Ingmar Bergman, Holly feels compelled to sabotage their budding relationship, by seducing Daniel first. Eventually, Nat, despite his lingering fondness for Holly, gets seriously involved with a French actress, Isabel (Marianne Denicourt). As the girls get older, their differences become more apparent to Holly, and she begins to question their friendship. The film covers three decades, with songs and costumes appropriate to each era.

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All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Sandra Goldbacher's Me Without You is a fond, bittersweet look at how one childhood friendship, begun in the 1970s, evolves over the ensuing decades. The filmmakers excel at capturing the look and spirit of the times, particularly the late '70s and early '80s. Almost all of the pop culture references in the film are amusingly accurate. The film also has an exuberant, energetic pop feel, although the film's subject matter (essentially a dissolving friendship, poisoned by frequent betrayals) is occasionally depressing. Michelle Williams (Dick) demonstrates further range, playing a bookish, Jewish, and -- most impressively -- English girl. Williams' accent is solid, so it's never a distraction. This is a very sympathetic and graceful performance. In fact, Holly's so charming and sweet in her low-key way that it throws the film slightly off-balance, because Anna Friel's Marina, Holly's best friend, is such a self-serving, duplicitous monster. Such people do exist; it's true. And the friendship between Holly and Marina isn't completely one-sided, particularly when they're younger, and Marina draws Holly out of her shell. But because Holly is portrayed as comparatively saintly, the film becomes, for the audience, an impatient wait for poor Holly (and the object of her affection, Marina's brother, Nat, played by the appealing Oliver Milburn) to figure things out. This gives the film a slightly masochistic edge. Still, there's a wealth of insight and humor in the script. Me Without You is an engaging look at how friendship can endure, even when it doesn't serve either party's best interests.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/23/2015
UPC:
0720229916585
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
NR
Source:
First Run Features
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
28,273

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Disc #1 -- Me Without You
1. Chapter 1 [7:08]
2. Chapter 2 [11:23]
3. Chapter 3 [6:43]
4. Chapter 4 [15:53]
5. Chapter 5 [13:59]
6. Chapter 6 [13:20]
7. Chapter 7 [12:53]
8. Chapter 8 [4:30]
9. Chapter 9 [2:31]
10. Chapter 10 [8:27]
11. Chapter 11 [:37]
12. Chapter 12 [2:52]

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