The Life Before This (1999)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama

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Several innocent bystanders are injured or killed when two robbers, fleeing from the police, run into the neighborhood cafe.




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  • Catherine O'Hara, Joe Pantoliano, Sarah Polley, Stephen Rea, and David Hewlett in The Life Before This (1999)
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5 August 2000 | jsharp9293
a look at the twists of fate
I agree with a previous reviewer in saying that this film had good potential. And in some spots, it comes through on this promise. Unfortunately, when all is said and done, this film does feel a bit incomplete with some things left unexplained.

On the plus side, I like how it shows that life can change very drastically with just one seemingly irrelevant incident or event. However, I felt that there were other ironies that were intended or even implied, but the film failed to get them across. If these ironies were explained, and all of the stories connected in more than just the beginning and the ending, this would have been a much better film and I believe it would have fulfilled its potential.

I must say, despite its flaws, I liked it. But I could've liked it better...

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Release Date:

24 October 2000


English, French, Italian

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Filming Locations

451 Christie Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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