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THE LIFE BEFORE HER EYES
USA: Magnolia Pictures
UK: Paramount Pictures UK
Cast: Uma Thurman, Evan Rachel Wood, Eva Amurri, Gabrielle Brennan, Brett Cullen, Oscar Isaac, Jack Gilpin, Maggie Lacey, John Magaro, Lynn Cohen, Nathalie Paulding, Molly Price, Oliver Solomon, Anna Renee Moore, Isabel Keating, Adam Chanler-Berat, Tanner Max Cohen, Aldous Davidson, Ann McDonough, Sharon Washington, Kia Jam, J T Arbogast, Jewel Donohue, Shayna Levine, Anslem Richardson, Evan Neumann, Reathel Bean, Tuck Milligan, Jessica Carlson, Molly Schreger, T J Linnard
Director: Vadim Perelman
USA: 90 mins
UK: 89 mins
USA Rated: R for violent and disturbing content, language and brief drug use
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and violence
USA Release Date: 25 April 2008
USA Release Date: 18 April 2008 (Limited Release - New York and Los Angeles)
UK Release Date: 27 March 2009 (Limited Release)
Imaginative, impetuous and wild Diana (Evan Rachel Wood) can't wait for her adult life to begin. Whiling away the final days of high school in the lush springtime, Diana tests her limits with sex and drugs as her more conservative friend Maureen (Eva Amurri) watches with concern. But Diana's aura of invincibility is shattered when a senseless act of violence erupts at school, forever changing the lives of the two best friends.
Fifteen years later, a grown Diana (Uma Thurman) is still trying to come to terms with the traumatic events of that fateful day.
On the surface, the adult Diana has made a picture perfect life for herself. She's still living in the sleepy Connecticut suburb she grew up in with her husband Paul (Brett Cullen), a professor at the local college and her beautiful, young daughter, Emma (Gabrielle Brennan).
As the anniversary of her adolescent trauma draws nearer, the darkness that Diana has tried to escape closes in. With the additional stress of an increasingly absent husband and daughter that has taken to hiding from teachers, Diana's own grip on reality is starting to falter.
Moving seamlessly through both stages of Diana's evolution, THE LIFE BEFORE HER EYES delves deep into the crossroads that we all face - where a simple decision can change the course of everything to come, and where a lifetime can be encapsulated in a single moment.
With THE LIFE BEFORE HER EYES, Vadim Perelman, director of the acclaimed HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG, has established himself as one of America's greatest young directors of serious, probing drama and stars Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood.