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Sunday, August 14, 2011


The Reel of the week is 2007's "Things we lost in the Fire".  Audrey Burke (Halle Berry) a wife and mother loses her anchor and the love of her life, her husband Brian (David Duchovny) in a tragic accident.She reaches out to Brian's best friend ,heroin addict, Jerry Sunborne (Benecio Del Toro) , who she resents , for taking advantage of her husband's time and loyalty. She sees him as an emotional thief, depriving her of a part of her husband.

The movie is poignant and moving at times. Benecio Del Toro's performance was emotional and well-acted. He was in touch with his character at all times. I felt the history and depth of Jerry and Brian's relationship. I wanted Jerry to conquer his demons and go on to a great life.

Halle Berry does a good job as Audrey, though at times her character is annoying which hinders my sympathetic feelings.Sometimes making me think he died just to get away from her.  At times I wished her husband was still alive, not only because David Duchovny did an excellent job, but, Halle and Benecio did their best work in their scenes with him.  Okay I'll also say it's because he's nice to look at.       

"Things we Lost in the Fire" was an engrossing peek into the window of our humanity and humanness.  It's a film about love, loss. regrets and living in the moment or moments.

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