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Life Before Her Eyes, The


Stars: Uma Thurman, Evan Rachel Wood, Eva Amurri, Jack Gilpin, Brett Cullen, Gabrielle Brennan

Director: Vadim Perelman

It's tough to review a film whose ending destroys everything you think has gone before. OK, having said that: Diana (Thurman) is haunted by memories of a high school massacre years before which she is unable to shake. Her younger self (Wood, physically nothing like Thurman) is a chain-smoking rebel all too eager to get into sex, in contrast to her bubbly but more upright friend Maureen (Amurri, best thing in the whole misbegotten exerciuse).

The action switches from one Diana to the other, with Thurman now an art teacher worried about her own rebellious daughter (Brennan). Don't expect resolution here: there isn't any, at least not to the story you think you've been watching. A seriously miscalculated exercise in trying to mislead an audience. Thurman and Wood are suitably tense.

David Quinlan

USA/Canada 2007. UK Distributor: Paramount. Technicolor.
90 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 15.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 1, Violence/Horror 1, Drugs 0, Swearing 2.

Review date: 20 Mar 2009