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Top 100 Anticipated Most Films of 2008: #62 The Life Before Her Eyes

Life Before Her Eyes

#62. The Life Before Her Eyes

Vadim Perelman
Emil Stern (The Tenderness)
Producers: Marc Butan (We Own the Night), Anthony Katagas, Aimée Peyronnet (The Lovely Bones) and Perelman
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

The Gist: Based on the best-selling novel by Laura Kasischke and written by Emil Stern, a suburban wife and mother (Thurman) begins to question her seemingly perfect life–and perhaps her sanity–on the 15th anniversary of a tragic high school shooting that took the life of her best friend. In flashbacks, Diana is a vibrant high schooler (Rachel Wood) who, with her shy best friend Maureen, plot typical teenage strategies–

Fact: This was quickly picked up at the Toronto film festival.

See It: House of Sand and Fog was a quality directorial debut and I’m looking forward to watching Perelman’s sophomore project.

Release Date/Status?: Magnolia has set an April 18th date.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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