Things We Lost in the Fire (film)

Things We Lost in the Fire is a 2007 tragedy film directed by Susanne Bier, written by Allan Loeb, starring Halle Berry and Benicio del Toro. The film was released in the United States and Canada on October 19, 2007 and in the United Kingdom on February 1, 2008. Audrey Burke and her warm and loving husband Brian have been married 11 years. Jerry Sunborne is a heroin addict, Brian's close friend since childhood. Audrey gets tragic news delivered to her door by the local police: Brian has been killed in an attempt to defend a woman, being beaten by her husband. On the day of the funeral Audrey realizes, her brother Neal takes him to the funeral. Audrey invites Jerry to move into the room adjacent to their garage. During his stay at the Burke home Jerry struggles to remain drug-free and becomes fond of Harper and Dory; the relationship between Jerry and Audrey is complicated. Jerry helps Audrey cope including lying with her in bed to help her sleep, but Audrey and confused, takes out her grief at Brian's death on Jerry.

She becomes angry when Jerry helps Dory overcome his fear of submerging his head in the pool, as this had been something Brian had tried to do for years. Her rudeness to Jerry causes him to move out and relapse with heroin. Audrey and Neal rescue and rehabilitate Jerry, he agrees to admit himself to a specialized clinic. At first Harper, who has come to love Jerry, is angry that he is leaving, but after he leaves her a heartfelt note she accepts that he is going. At the close of the film Jerry is still struggling with his addiction but seems to be well on his way to recovery, he leaves flowers on Audrey's doorstep with a note that reads, "Accept the good", a phrase which Jerry had told Brian, that Brian had subsequently said to Audrey many times. Halle Berry as Audrey Burke Benicio del Toro as Jerry Sunborne David Duchovny as Brian Burke Alexis Llewellyn as Harper Burke Micah Berry as Dory Burke John Carroll Lynch as Howard Glassman Alison Lohman as Kelly Robin Weigert as Brenda Omar Benson Miller as Neal Liam James as cousin Dave The soundtrack to Things We Lost in the Fire was released on October 30, 2007.

Things We Lost in the Fire grossed $3.2 million, $5.2 million in other territories, for a worldwide gross of $8.5 million. In the United States, the film finished 11th in its opening weekend with $1.5 million opening weekend. On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 65% based on 128 reviews, with an average rating of 6.48/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Things We Lost in the Fire is a well-acted, beautifully filmed reflection on love, loss and recovery from life's obstacles." On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 63 out of 100, based on 30 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Josh Rosenblatt of The Austin Chronicle gave the film 4 stars and said the film is "an impeccably constructed and paced drama of domestic and internal volatility." Rosenblatt wrote "Berry is brilliant here, as good as she’s been" and said of Benicio del Toro's performance, "with Things We Lost in the Fire, he's managed to top himself." Jack Mathews of the New York Daily News gave the film 3½ stars and called it "an award several positions."

Mathews said it is "beautifully written" by Allan Loeb and "acted with heartbreaking efficiency by Halle Berry and Benicio del Toro." Los Angeles Daily News critic Glenn Whipp said the film "will be most American moviegoers' introduction to the Dogma-flavored direction of Susanne Bier" and said "Newcomers won't be as irritated by Bier's herky-jerky, hand-held camerawork, desaturated colors and odd obsession with random close-ups of characters' eyes... For the rest of us, Bier's directorial tics are beginning to wear thin..."Claudia Puig of USA Today gave the film 3 stars out of 4 and said "The movie makes some missteps, most of them in pacing and length, the story veers into melodrama, but it is saved by the powerful performance of Benicio del Toro", calling him "hypnotically watchable." Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal wrote "Flawed as it is, the movie as a whole is a guilty pleasure." Morgenstern said "del Toro is a fearless actor" and said the film "would be lifeless without him."

Morgenstern wrote "Berry is skillful and affecting ferocious, subtle enough for two, in what is a two-character drama." Stephen Holden of The New York Times said the film "is the kind of awards-seeking Hollywood movie that bends over backward to prove that serious American movies can hold their own with the best films from overseas. They don’t, of course, except in rare instances." Kyle Smith of the New York Post gave the film 1½ stars out of 4 and said the film "was made to win awards, I'm here to present it with one: the Cliché of the Year honors, otherwise known as the Hackney. It was released on DVD and HD DVD on March 4, 2008. A Blu-Ray version was released on March 24, 2009. Official website Things We Lost in the Fire on IMDb Things We Lost in the Fire at AllMovie Things We Lost in the Fire at Rotten Tomatoes Things We Lost in the Fire at Metacritic Things We Lost in the Fire at Box Office Mojo


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