• My Life Without Me (2003)

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My Life Without Me

Release Date: September 26th, 2003

DVD Release Date: February 24th, 2004

R |1 hr 46 min

Plot Summary

When hard-working mother of two Ann (Sarah Polley) discovers she has terminal ovarian cancer and the doctors give her two months to live, she decides to keep the news from her family. Passing off her increasing weakness as a mild case of anemia, Ann begins to put her priorities in order in preparation for the last few months of her life. She records birthday messages for her daughters, visits her estranged father in prison and even seeks a replacement wife for her husband, Lee (Mark Ruffalo).

Cast: Sarah Polley, Scott Speedman, Deborah Harry, Mark Ruffalo, Leonor Watling, Amanda Plummer, Julian Richings, Maria de Medeiros

Director: Sarah Polley

Genres: Drama

Production Co: SLU, El Deseo S.A.

Keywords: Heartwarming, Death, 2000s, Daughter, Sacrifice, Mother, Love, Family, Husband, Hospital

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Successfully surmounts nearly all the challenges of making a film about a young person dying. Which means the writer-director avoids pitfalls. It is not cloying or sentimental or falsely optimistic. It avoids bathos and exaggerated emotions. Instead, the film affirms life in surprising and gratifying ways. show more

  • 75
    Megan LehmannNew York Post

    This contemplative drama manages to dodge mawkish potholes to emerge as a strangely life-affirming work. show more

  • 100
    Edward GuthmannSan Francisco Chronicle

    One of the year's sweetest surprises. It sneaks up on you, disarming you with its modesty and tenderness, its remarkable lack of self-infatuation. show more

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