Monday, March 10, 2008

Things We Lost in the Fire - DVD Review

THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE (**1/2) - Starring Halle Berry, Benecio Del Toro, David Duchovny, Alison Lohman, Omar Benson Miller, John Carroll Lynch, Micah Berry and Robin Weigart. Directed by Susanne Bier.

What I didn't like: the story in general. Woman loses husband, grows closer to husband's ex-junkie friend, they help each other cope with loss. This could have been a painfully overwrought melodrama in less talented hands, and no matter well shot or acted the film was, it couldn't completely shake off what it is at its core - a glossy Lifetime grief-of-the-week flick.

Buuuut... it IS in talented hands. I kept finding admiring directorial choices, with the angles and subtleties. Plus the leads - Berry & Del Toro - are a pair of Oscar winners, and something tells me if Del Toro did not already have a golden trophy, he would have been nominated for his work here. He was that good.

I admired it more than I enjoyed it.

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