Los Angeles Times - 04/18/2008
"[With] an eerily mesmerizing performance by Evan Rachel Wood..."
Based on the novel by Laura Kasischke, this powerful drama, starring Uma Thurman, unfolds in out-of-sequence flashbacks. Recklessly hedonistic teenager Diana (Evan Rachel Wood) and her best friend, a Christian virgin (Eva Amuri), come face to face with a machine-gun-wielding classmate one morning at school in a situation reminiscent of Columbine. Thurman plays the grown-up version of Diana, who has a perfect life in the same small town 15 years after the tragedy. On the anniversary of the shooting, unpleasant flashbacks haunt her as she takes her daughter to school, lectures on Gauguin to a bored art history class, and possibly spots her older professor husband out with a younger woman. As the events cohere and time collapses, one realizes nothing is certain and life renews and ends on a moment-by-moment basis. Under the helm of Vadim Perelman (HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG), a spiritual presence is imbued in lovingly photographed close-ups of flowers, dirty dishes, cats, ants, spiders, bees on flowers, leaves, and Wood diving in and out of a swimming pool in slow motion. The dialogue is peppered with believably offhand philosophical inquiry, and if the film does nothing else, it makes one reevaluate one's perspective on the sanctity of every life decision--and to feel a degree of awe and reverence for the acting skills and beauty of both Thurman and Wood, who meld believably into the same complex character.
Description by Magnolia Home Entertainment:
"The film is about love, duty, loyalty, conscience... but there's also self-preservation. Sometimes when we talk about violent situations, we talk about heroism but not enough about real humanity, not about the primal qualities we humans possess." - Vadim Perelman
Starring Academy AwardŽ-nominee UMA THURMAN (Kill Bill) and EVAN RACHEL WOOD (Across the Universe, Thirteen), The Life Before Her Eyes is the new film from Vadim Perelman, the acclaimed director of House of Sand and Fog. The Life Before Her Eyes is an intense and visually evocative drama about the loss of youth, investigating how a single moment in time can define an entire life. Based on Laura Kasischke's visionary novel, the story hinges on a pivotal confrontation: two high school girls held captive by a gunman and forced to make the terrifying choice as to who will live and who will die.
The Life Before Her Eyes explores the reverberations stemming from the collision of past and future, reality and dream. Life can end in an instant-yet the echoes of possible futures remain inescapable. Moving backwards and forwards in time, it combines the dramatic intensity of Sophie's Choice with the eerie mystery of a ghost story like The Others.
Based On A Novel |
High School Experiences |
High School Friends |
High School Students |
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