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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

The Life Before Her Eyes
Uma Thurman in The Life Before Her Eyes (Magnolia)

Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood play a character named Diana at two different times in life in the film The Life Before Her Eyes (opening April 25 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas). Based on Laura Kasischke's novel, the story uses a high school shooting as the pivotal moment of Diana's life. The film is directed by Vadim Perelman who previously won acclaim for House of Sand and Fog , another literary adaptation in which violence impacts the lives of the characters.

December 02, 2008 at 09:50 PM
all ur pts do seem critical and correct... i watched hte movie and loved it.. i think i loved it because its ability to convey half the message keeps us wondering and thnking and thinking why did the director do this or that.. and this was great.. regarding the effect of the school shootings not being so powerful (in the sense that you are talkng about). i think it was powerful, but on a different level and that is because it is precisely subtle without the typical emphasis on DISPLAYING violence...even the barely heard and very quick shootings make it very very real. but this subtleness draws us more into the emotional inside world of what these two girls suddenly felt.. and puts you in their place. i thought this effect was intentional and so different than the typical movies out there, that it was a work of genious

December 03, 2008 at 01:15 AM
I just watched this today. Would someone PLEASE explain the ending? Was Diane's entire life just a flash in her mind right before she died?

Jennifer from Cape Cod, MA
January 02, 2009 at 05:04 PM
I watched htis movie last night, I am ALSO confused by the end of the movie, someone plese explain!!!!

Beth Accomando
January 03, 2009 at 01:44 AM
*****SPOILER**** The film is like an imagined life for the character played by Rachel Evan Wood. She dies in the high school shooting and in those seconds before she dies she imagines the life she could have had. There may be other interpretations but that's what I thought it was about.

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