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Suppose it’s true that the greatest screenplays can be summed up in 25 words or less. It’s still depressing when writer Allan Loeb calls Things We Lost in the Fire ”this little story about the heroin addict and the widow.” (That quip comes from the chintzy making-of, the only EXTRA aside from seven slapdash deleted scenes.) Del Toro and Berry work hard to make something of Loeb’s mawkish tale, but Danish director Susanne Bier, so adept at melodrama (After the Wedding), deserved better. You may cry from start to finish, but Fire isn’t worth the tears. C+

Things We Lost in the Fire
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  • Movie
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  • 119 minutes
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