Things We Lost in the Fire

Things We Lost in the Fire

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Director: Susanne Bier

Cast: Benicio Del Toro, David Duchovny, Alison Lohman

     
 

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A woman who lost her husband in a random act of violence and a heroin addict who was a lifelong friend of the dearly departed discover that the beloved husband and friend's unfortunate passing is actually a blessing in disguise in Open Hearts director Susanne Bier's Dogme-style drama. When her husband (See more details below

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A woman who lost her husband in a random act of violence and a heroin addict who was a lifelong friend of the dearly departed discover that the beloved husband and friend's unfortunate passing is actually a blessing in disguise in Open Hearts director Susanne Bier's Dogme-style drama. When her husband (David Duchovny) was killed, Audrey Burke (Halle Berry) didn't think she would be able to summon the strength to carry on. Jerry Sunborne (Benicio Del Toro) is a heroin addict who was one of the recently deceased's oldest friends in life, but as a result of his addiction Jerry has lost everything that ever mattered to him. When Audrey discovers that Jerry is the one man who could help her move beyond the dire cycle of grieving that she has fallen into, her offer for him to move in with the family provides the addict with just the incentive he needed to finally get his life back in order.

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Things We Lost in the Fire has Oscar written all over it. It's got Oscar-winning actors (Halle Berry, Benicio Del Toro), Oscar-worthy subject matter (drug addiction, coping with tragedy), and the director of an Oscar-nominated film (Susanne Bier, whose After the Wedding was Denmark's Foreign Film submission in 2006). But it's missing Oscar's key ingredient -- a spark of je ne sais quoi that would bring it all together into something transcendent. Technically, there's nothing one can identify that comes up short in Bier's film, except maybe a histrionic or two by Berry that got away from her. And there's a certain any-port-in-a-storm interest to the plot's central irony, which is that a recovering heroin addict may be the key puzzle piece to putting a family back together after its husband/father dies. But it's not quite enough that Del Toro does a good job acting out the shakes of going cold turkey, or that Berry gets down the soul-sucking weariness of extended grief. Part of the problem is the fitful nature of Berry's character as written. We can't expect her to be totally composed after her husband is killed, but neither should it surprise us that her erratic treatment of Del Toro's well-intentioned junkie -- come here come here come here, go away go away go away -- ends up knocking him off the wagon. Things We Lost in the Fire is a plenty satisfactory addition to the sizeable group of films where a tragically taken character is mourned over the course of the movie; it just doesn't tell us anything new about that process. There's no reason to excessively criticize it, but excessive praise doesn't feel justified either.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/2009
UPC:
0097361426846
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
R
Source:
Dreamworks Video
Time:
1:58:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Benicio Del Toro Jerry Sunborne
David Duchovny Steve Burke
Alison Lohman Kelly
Omar Benson Miller Neal
John Carroll Lynch Howard Glassman
Alexis Llewellyn Harper Burke
Halle Berry Dory Burke
Micah Nicolas Berry Dony Burke
Robin Weigert Brenda
Paula Newsome Diane
Sarah Dubrovsky Spring
Maureen Thomas Grandma Ginnie Burke
Patricia Harras Howard's Wife
V.J. Foster Distressed Man
Carolyn Field Teresa Haddock
Marlies Dick Police Officer
Todd Charles Mosher Police Officer
James Lafazanos Arnie
Liam James Cousin Dave
Quinn Lord Cousin Joel
Alejandro Chavarria Backyard Kid
Ken Tremblett Brenda's Husband
Hilary Strang N.A. Meeting Director
Jessica McLeod Harper's Friend
Victoria Campbell Harper's Friend
Gerry Rousseau John in Alley
Abraham Jedidiah Mr. Skopes
Adrian Hough N.A. Meeting Man
Kendall Cross N.A. Meeting Person
Lorena Gale N.A. Meeting Person
R. Nelson Brown N.A. Meeting Person
Hakan Coskuner Alvin the Addict
James Bayliss Misunderstood Dealer
David Campbell Conductor

Technical Credits
Susanne Bier Director
Marnie Ander Costumes/Costume Designer
James Bamford Stunts
Paul Barry Asst. Director
Andrea Brown Casting
Simon Burnett Stunts
Bruce Cannon Editor
Pernille Bech Christensen Editor
David Campbell Musical Arrangement
Glen Dickson Camera Operator
Pippa Harris Executive Producer
Norma Hill-Patton Makeup
Susan Jacobs Musical Direction/Supervision
Barbara Kelly Co-producer
Allan Loeb Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Karen Matthews Costumes/Costume Designer
Sam Mendes Producer
Sam Mercer Producer
Gerald Paetz Stunts
Gustavo Santaolalla Score Composer
Richard Sherman Production Designer
Wade Simmons Stunts
Morten Søborg Camera Operator
Johan Söderqvist Score Composer
Tom Stern Cinematographer
Geoff Wallace Art Director
Debra Zane Casting

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A discussion about Things We Lost in the Fire; 7 deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer

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