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The Life Before This

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The Life Before This

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
92 minutes
performer:
Sarah Polley, Stephen Rea
distributor:
First Look
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C+

First, a shoot-out in a coffee shop kills several innocent bystanders. Then, the needlessly gimmicky film The Life Before This flashes back a few hours to reconstruct — or rather, revise — the events leading up to the tragedy. Not content to contemplate the fateful intersection of lives, the filmmakers tinker with their characters’ destinies, adding little ”What if?” twists that result in a different, but equally arbitrary, outcome; an anticlimactic cosmic shrug. C+

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