The Life Before Her Eyes

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Released 2007

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Director:
Vadim Perelman
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
The Life Before Her Eyes is a 2007 dramatic thriller from Magnolia Pictures. An exciting mystery about Diana (Evan Rachel Wood ' The Wrestler, Across the Universe, Thirteen, The Missing - as a young lady and Uma Thurman ' Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill - as an adult), 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. In flashbacks, Diana is a vibrant high school student who, with her shy best friend Maureen (Eva Amurri), plots typical teenage strategies: cutting class, fantasizing about boys and vowing to leave their sleepy suburb at the first opportunity. The older Diana, however, is haunted by the increasingly strained relationship she had with Maureen as day of the school shooting approached. These memories disrupt the idyllic life she's now leading with her professor husband Paul and their young 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.moreless

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Though atmospheric and occasionally suspenseful, its gimmickry keeps it from being transcendent.

  • 40

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Tidy, predictable, excruciatingly fussy in its details and lacking the tiniest glimmer of humor, The Life Before Her Eyes contradicts the director's claim in the production notes t...

  • 40

    Variety

    A femme-centric drama about the aftermath of a high school massacre, profoundly confusing "In Bloom" arrives at some very tenuous moral conclusions that might alienate much of its ...

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