The Life Before Her Eyes

September 5th, 2008


The Life Before Her Eyes

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Still of Evan Rachel Wood in The Life Before Her EyesStill of Uma Thurman in The Life Before Her EyesCarson Kressley at event of The Life Before Her EyesStill of Evan Rachel Wood in The Life Before Her EyesStill of Vadim Perelman in The Life Before Her EyesStill of Uma Thurman in The Life Before Her Eyes

A woman's survivor's guilt from a Columbine-like event twenty years ago causes her present-day idyllic life to fall apart.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 6.4/10 (8,111 voted)

Critic's Score: 38/100

Director: Vadim Perelman

Stars: Uma Thurman, Evan Rachel Wood, Eva Amurri Martino

A dramatic thriller about Diana, 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 schooler who, with her shy best friend Maureen, plot typical teenage strategies--cutting class,fantasizing about boys--and vow 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.

Writers: Laura Kasischke, Emil Stern

Uma Thurman - Diana (Adult)
Evan Rachel Wood - Diana (Teen)
Eva Amurri Martino - Maureen
Gabrielle Brennan - Emma
Brett Cullen - Paul
Oscar Isaac - Marcus
Jack Gilpin - Mr. McCleod
Maggie Lacey - Amanda (Adult)
John Magaro - Michael Patrick
Lynn Cohen - Sister Beatrice
Nathalie Paulding - Amanda (Teen) (as Nathalie Nicole Paulding)
Molly Price - Diana's Mother
Oliver Solomon - Detective
Anna Moore - Blonde Student (as Anna Renee Moore)
Isabel Keating - Maureen's Mother

Taglines: Diana's life is not what it seems.


Official Website: Magnolia Pictures [United States] | Metropolitan Films [France] |

Release Date: 5 September 2008

Filming Locations: Darien, Connecticut, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $20,220 (USA) (20 April 2008) (8 Screens)

Gross: $303,439 (USA) (29 June 2008)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The names of the 26 victims seen on the memorial and the banner (with the exception of prominent characters such as Maureen and Mr. MacLeod) are the names of members of the production crew who worked on the film.

Young Diana: Maureen, what did I do to deserve a friend like you?
Maureen: Um, something in a past life?

User Review

An intensely beautiful picture

Rating: 9/10

I had the privilege of seeing this film at its World Premiere this weekend at the Toronto Film Festival. From the very opening sequence, this picture draws you in with its sheer beauty. The cinematography is terrific and at some points even terrifying (in a breath taking way) but what impressed me most was the dialog. Everything seemed so real, which played up every detail to me and made the picture all the more engrossing. Uma Thurman is top notch in this but i believe that Evan Rachel Wood really makes it because honestly, who else could we expect to play the teen angst better than her? The relationship between Eva Amurri's Maureen and Wood's Diana is so realistic in every situation and much of that credit has to go to Emil Stern's adaptation. There are so many themes that run deep throughout this movie, and the ever pressing scare of school shootings makes this hit home really really hard. This is an amazing film that will touch every single emotion and leave you thinking about it for days. Go see this movie whenever you get the chance. It is an intensely beautiful and moving film and most definitely one of the best I have seen so far this year.


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