Isabel Coixet's Mi vida sin mi (My Life Without Me) is a tale of a woman dying before her time. Sarah Polley plays Ann, a 24-year-old mother of two. Ann is married to Don (Scott Speedman), and they live near Ann's mother (Deborah Harry), who is bitter about the fact that Ann's father is serving a ten-year prison sentence. Ann learns that she has only a few months to live. She makes a series of goals to complete before her time on Earth comes to an end. Among her accomplishments are taking a lover (Mark Ruffalo), finding someone to care for Don, and recording birthday greetings for her two daughters. My Life Without Me was screened in competition at the Berlin Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
I was intriqued by the concept of this movie, however I was very disappointed with the quality of the story and the character development. Overall it did not seem to be a realistic portrayal of a young mother diagnosed with terminal illness. Most people would seek second opinions, treatment, fight it, prepare their children, share their diagnosis with family and friends for support, search themselves spiritually and experience more physical pain towards the end. Also, some of the medically-related comments are questionable. On the plus side she did prepare a list of what she wanted to accomplish before she died and set out to accomplish it. I liked the tapes she made. I suspect this is an early work of the writer & director as it seems quite "green". If you want a movie that skims the subject matter, then you might enjoy this. If you want a movie that makes you feel part of the characters lives and delves deep into the subject matter in a realistic manner, this is not it.
I had been wanting to see this movie for a while. Finally Blockbuster sent it to. I was super excited and my husband even sat down to watch it with me. Boy were we disappointed!! I didn't even feel bad for the main character in the movie. She acted stupid and like a total tramp. I was so disaapointed with this movie. I'm sorry I wasted my time on this piece of garbage!!! I will NEVER watch this again.
I was not able to finish watching this movie. I could not get into it. Although, I was trying to watch it and dealing with children at the same time. It was just way to slow and never really got my attention. Maybe some day I will try it again.
I watched this movie by myself one evening when I awoke around 2 AM not able to sleep. I was so impacted by this movie. It touched my heart like no other movie has ever done. I felt for all of the characters and for a time I forgot that I was watching actors and not real people. I rarely cry for a movie but this one made me sob for over an hour. It's made me think of how I would handle things with my own family if I was faced with an incurable illness.
"My Life Without Me" may be the saddest movie I have ever seen. I usually do not like movies about terminal illness, but this one is different and better than the rest. Sarah Polley gives an outstanding performance!
If you rent this one, make sure to have plenty of tissue. It is a hard core weepy.
Very smartly done. Sarah Polley plays Ann who is 23 and dying. She is keeping that fact a secret from her husband, her children and her mother played by Deborah Harry (aka Blondie) who delivers a fine performance as well. Intelligent and touching ..and? a kick-a** soundtrack that I will look to buy. Very much surprised by this little movie, and though a bit sedate it was still enjoyed, and I love it when it happens that way.