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Things We Lost in the Fire

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Audrey burke (berry) is reeling from the shock of the news that has just been delivered to her door by the local police: her warm and loving husband brian, the father of their two young children, has been killed in a random act of violence.


Studio Paramount
SKU 206653103
UPC 097363500940
UPC 14 00097363500940
Format DVD
Release Date 1/6/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Berry,Halle
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Cast & Crew
Alison Lohman - Actor
Allan Loeb - Writer
Benicio Del Toro - Actor
Bruce Cannon - Editor
David Duchovny - Actor
Geoff Wallace - Art Director
Halle Berry - Actor
Johan Soderqvist - Original Music By
Pernille Bech Christensen - Editor
Pippa Harris - Executive Producer
Richard Sherman - Production Designer
Sam Mendes - Producer
Susanne Bier - Director
Tom Stern - Cinematographer
Image Award (2008) Halle Berry, Nominee, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Things We Lost in the Fire represents Danish-born Susanne Bier's first foray into studio-funded American cinema. The transition is seamless - Bier's signature style of simple shots and frequent close-ups remains intact and her choice of material focuses on the interaction between damaged and grieving people. Those who saw Bier's previous feature, After the Wedding, will recognize similar rhythms in this one. (Literal as well as figurative - Bier has "imported" composer Johan Soderqvist with her.) Although the subject matter is serious and the tone is predominantly somber, Bier includes enough moments of subdued levity to keep this movie from falling into the "feel bad" category. Nonetheless, this is not a good choice if you're looking for a lighthearted night at the movies...Things We Lost in the Fire is emotionally challenging and honest. There are no easy ways out for the characters and, at one time or another, we find ourselves feeling deeply for all of them...As a means of entrance into Hollywood, Things We Lost in the Fire provides Susanne Bier with an impressive calling card. Her last feature was on this year's Oscar nominees' menu; it would be unsurprising if this picture was represented at next year's banquet in some fashion.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
Review Complicated and raw, Things We Lost in the Fire observes those we lean on in times of loss. Because the story attracted acclaimed Danish director Susanne Bier, we assume that fate's cruel nature plays a part in the narrative--Bier loves to burrow under the skin of suffering characters whose lives are destroyed by chance...Fire features a memorably unglamorous and refreshingly authentic Berry. It's possible she's merely feeding off Del Toro, a commanding actor who rarely receives the amount of credit he deserves. In the past, actors playing drug addicts have viewed the role as a free pass to over-emote. Del Toro takes the opposite path, holding Jerry's demons so close to the vest that they threaten to suffocate him from within. When he is given a lengthy detoxification scene, Del Toro gives just enough to convince us of the pain without making it painful to sit through...Watching Fire can almost be compared to pitching a tent. The film has two strong support rods in Berry and Del Toro, and Bier maneuvers them into place beneath a sprawling but misshapen canvas. As her "beams" take root in the ground and reach for the sky, they produce a middle section that bobs and sags until all the right ropes are pulled and properly anchored.
Reviewer Sean O'Connell
ReviewRating 7
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Product Attributes
Actor Berry,Halle
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News Berry gives a riveting performance, but...Del Toro gives the kind of career performance Berry gave in "Monster's Ball."
Ken Fox, TV Guide unvarnished treatment of death and its aftermath that's unusual for a Hollywood film.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times engrossing melodrama, and it has its heart in the right place.
Alan Morrison, Empire The script is structurally similar to "21 Grams," but restrained turns and perceptive direction make this honest rather than manipulative.
Pat Collins, WWOR-TV A moving, memorable story of survival, family and friendship.
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