The Life Before This (1999)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB

Canada, 1999.  Thump Productions.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Ineffectual drama that attempts an examination of the nature of circumstances. In the opening scene, a bakery is robbed and people are killed in the mayhem that ensues. Following that, the plot rewinds an entire day to the morning of the incident, where all of the characters involved live their day a bit differently to provide another outcome in the end. This plot machination would be useful if we actually knew what their day was like the first time around, but since we don’t, it ends up being a pretty useless exercise featuring some very talented actors.   plays a woman contemplating her recent decision to move in with her boyfriend and  is excellent as a dress shop owner who goes out on a date. Also stars  and .

Toronto International Film Festival:  1999

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