The Life Before Her Eyes

The Life Before Her Eyes

DVD - 2008
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Diana is a suburban wife and mother who begins to question her seemingly perfect life, and perhaps her sanity, on the 15th anniversary of a tragic high school shooting that killed her bestfriend. Diana was a vibrant high schooler who, with her shy best friend Maureen, cut class, fantasized about boys and vow to leave their sleepy suburb at the first opportunity. Now, however, Diana is haunted by the increasingly strained relationships she had with Maureen as the day of the school shooting approached. These memories disrupt the idyllic life she now has with her professor husband Paul and their daughter Emma. As older Diana's life begins to unravel and younger Diana gets closer and closer to the fatal day, a deeper mystery slowly unravels.
Publisher: [Los Angeles] : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2008]
Branch Call Number: MOVIE LIF
Language Note: English dialogue, Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Watch at your own risk. Aside from good acting and interesting characters, three (3) unexpected twists make this movie NOT worth watching in my opinion:
(1) automatic assault rifle high school shooting filmed graphically with blood, gore & screams included (inside and outside the school),
(2) the main graphic high school bathroom shooting scene (eg. rifle placed on a character's forehead) is repeated eight times in the movie, and
(3) at the end of the movie you learn the disappointing plot truth about the main character.
I listened to all the extra material trying to see if I missed anything here like some clue to the meaning of life or death or an artistic revelation. In the Special Features segments the lead actress, Uma Thurman, explains she doesn't like plot "twists" and the Director agrees with her sentiment in a separate interview. The Director even explains that this film is not really about a high school shooting; it's about blah blah blah. Seriously?
So, if your aim is to suffer repeatedly through a graphic representation of an American high school shooting with no insight into the "why's", the shooter, or the trick ending, save yourself a lot of unnecessary suffering and do anything else. Are your dishes done? Are your clothes ready for work tomorrow?
If I could give this film a "minus 5 stars" that would be the rating for me. Try "Sixth Sense" or "Miss Sloan" instead.

Sep 29, 2015

I would rather have seen a film that dealt with survivor’s guilt in a serious way. The ending is like a trick at the ending of a non-serious film. I decided to watch to see what Uma Thurman was doing nowadays, but her presence was not enough to make up for this malarkey.

Aug 11, 2010

I thought this movie was excellent. Deep and penetrating, I found myself thinking about the premise and the characters after the movie was over. I watched it over a year ago and I still remember it as a very good movie and recommend it. It also has an unexpected ending that may make you want to watch it again.

Feb 10, 2009

I found the movie disappointing and messy. It's slow moving and disjointed. The ending made little sense to me.

Jan 10, 2009

Good - The Life Before Her Eyes (2007) 90 min. starring Uma Thurman and Rachel Evan Wood. I watched this film cold in the sense of not knowing the premise of the picture and I'm glad I did - I got to experience the events (in mind only) as the characters did in this picture - surprised and in horror. Very good acting, good messages throughout make this a winner. The only reservaton I had was the conclusion of the film (it just wasn't necessary, in my opinion, because it created holes in the story that it didn't have to).

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