Entertainment Weekly - 10/03/2003
"...Isabel Coixet's work combines an indie aesthetic and a Hollywood heart. Polley's performance is characteristically honest, and the camera work produces pretty impressionistic collages..."
Los Angeles Times - 09/26/2003
"MY LIFE WITHOUT ME has an authentic look and feel of gritty blue-collar life in British Columbia and has been made with dedication and commitment..."
USA Today - 10/10/2003
"...Polley hasn't lost a thing. Her low-key acting style seems highly adaptable..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/17/2003
"...Handled with exquisite taste. Actors do no often get roles this challenging, and they find honesty in the moments..."
Total Film - 12/01/2003
"...A collection of understated performances....Every scene manages to be tender, touching and downright tearful without ever resorting to overt tugging of the heartstrings..."
Sight and Sound - 12/31/2003
"The script generously allows each supporting character their moment. Deborah Harry is excellent..."
Premiere - 04/01/2004
"Polley is luminous."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 03/01/2004
"In the heartbreaking yet life-affirming MY LIFE WITHOUT ME, luminescent Sarah Polley gives one of last year's best performances..."
Uncut - 12/01/2003
"Free of heart-wrenching cliches, the film ends up being genuinely affecting."
Sarah Polley delivers a heartbreakingly subtle performance in Isabel Coixet's MY LIFE WITHOUT ME. Polley is Ann, a young mother and wife who works as a university janitor and lives in a trailer in her mother's backyard. The relationship between Ann and her mother (Deborah Harry) is on shaky ground, and though her husband Don (Scott Speedman) is rarely employed, they retain an optimistic spirit. That all comes literally crashing down one morning, when Ann collapses, is rushed to the hospital, and discovers that she only has a few months to live. Determined not to tell anyone, Ann keeps this secret to herself, and instead embarks on a solitary mission to do a list of things she has never done before, including sleep with another man. It turns out that her conquest, Lee (Mark Ruffalo), is a soulful romantic who falls deeply in love with her. As Ann gets to know Lee further, she finds herself falling for him as well. Meanwhile, the realization that it is all going to end one day soon continues to haunt her. Inventively blending a sobering naturalistic tone with moments of visual whimsy, Coixet's affecting drama allows Polley to truly shine.
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