My Life Without Me 2003


Writer/director Isabel Coixet’s 2003 adaptation of Nanci Kincaid’s short story might look on paper like a conventional weepie, but it’s nothing of the sort. Sarah Polley plays Ann, a young mother of two who discovers that she has terminal cancer, and decides to get on with her life with a vigor that that previously escaped her. Never as sentimental as the ‘bucket list’ storyline suggests, Coixet’s film features Scott Speedman as Ann’s husband, Mark Ruffalo as a lover, and Debbie Harry as he caustic mother. Each character manages to be more than a stereotype; My Life Without Me is a tear-jerker that never strays into schmaltz.


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