Things We Lost in the Fire

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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Jan 29 2008

With the likes of ‘Open Hearts’ and ‘Brothers’, Danish director Bier achieved the very special trick of presenting melodramatic situations with such piercing directness we forgot their contrivances. Not difficult to see how this might appeal to Hollywood, yet her studio début suffers from the pitfall her best work has thus far avoided, a soggy self-awareness rendering the conflicts on screen into the stuff of ‘sensitive prestige drama’.

Actually, if you were trying to write a film aiming at surefire acting nominations, it would probably look something like this. Halle Berry gets to do grief-stricken stoicism as a mother of two who’s just lost saintly property developer husband David Duchovny. Benicio Del Toro has a crack at a recovering junkie, as the late husband’s best pal shocked into changing his ways.

Both of them have sundry bonding-with-children highlights, when Berry invites said dopefiend to live in their garage .Funnily enough, the way the children (Alexis Llewellyn and Micah Berry) adapt to the changing situation is the most persuasive thing in the movie, which is dogged by a spirit-sappingly predictable storyline, and a lot of over-familiar guff about ‘letting go’ and ‘moving on’.

Throughout Berry strains too hard for effect, while Del Toro’s wide-eyed, sticky-up-hair routine is also wearing thin. It all looks suspiciously like a film with one eye on the awards season, and though not exactly negligible, has just been rewarded with zero Oscar nominations.

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Release details

UK release:

2007

Duration:

112 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Susanne Bier

Cast:

Halle Berry, Benicio Del Toro, David Duchovny, Alison Lohman

Screenwriter:

Allan Loeb

Music:

Johan Söderqvist

Cinematography:

Tom Stern

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iain

i saw this a couple of months ago now, but this film is one of the best i've seen this year. i felt it had a strong storyline and it covered a range of emotions. one minute there was laughter the next something really sad. benicio del toro, for me, puts in an awesome performance as the recovering junkie. halle berry too, along with the children, give good performances as well. really enjoyed this and would recommend it!!

iain

i saw this a couple of months ago now, but this film is one of the best i've seen this year. i felt it had a strong storyline and it covered a range of emotions. one minute there was laughter the next something really sad. benicio del toro, for me, puts in an awesome performance as the recovering junkie. halle berry too, along with the children, give good performances as well. really enjoyed this and would recommend it!!

Sugarsnap

I went with quite low expectations, but ended up really liking this film. Incredibly sad in places, it's also very funny and finds humour in the strangest of places. The adult leads aren't great, but the children in it are fantasticc and highly believable.

Sugarsnap

I went with quite low expectations, but ended up really liking this film. Incredibly sad in places, it's also very funny and finds humour in the strangest of places. The adult leads aren't great, but the children in it are fantasticc and highly believable.