Things Lost In the Fire Review - It Will Sear Your Emotions

Spielberg's Dreamworks has done it again.  Combining their talents with Neal Street Productions, they  have made a thoughtful film.  Brilliant and at times brutal, Things We Lost in the Fire, starring Halle Berry and  Benicio Del Toro. is the kind of movie you didn’t think they made any more.  Gut wrenching and soul searching the movie deals honestly with death, grief, and drug addictions. Audrey Burke ( Halle Berry)looses her wonderful husband Brian ( David Duchovny) in a senseless shooting and must make peace with herself and her husband’s loyalty to friend, drug addicted former attorney Jerry ( Benicio Del Toro.)

David Duchovny

Even after resenting his intrusion into their lives for so many years, Audrey now invites Jerry to live in their remodeled garage.  He, in turn, attempts to stay clean and to relate to Audrey’s two children. 

Things We Lost: Dory (Micah Berry) and Harper (Alexis Llewellyn)talk about their dad

While a bit resistive at first the daughter takes to Jerry so much so that she begins confiding things to him that her father had never told Audrey.  Fighting her own fears all the way, Audrey learns to depend on herself even when she thinks she is failing

Audrey and Harper

The young boy, Dory ( Micah Berry)  takes to him immediately despite his sister Harper's ( Alexis Llewellyn) warnings that this is not their dad. 

Harper and Jerry

It is this conflict which forces Audrey to take a deeper look at her situation.
As she tries to heal from her loss and he from his drugs each slip and slide into the other’ territory.  Allison Loman plays Kelly and Omar Benson Miller plays Audrey's brother.  John Caroll Lynch is the neighbor.

Award winning Danish director Susanne Bier makes use of the emotional times with extreme close ups that emphasize the character’s emotions and the small things in their lives as the sucking on a cigarette to make it last or the twitch of a lip.  Emotion is paramount throughout this story. 

Sam Mendes, producer and Susanne Bier, director

The script by Allan Loeb is a powerful one, executive produced by Phippa Harris,and produced by Sam Mendes and Sam Mercer,  makes real the problem of addiction and Del Toro plays it to the hilt. I’d be surprised if he didn’t get the Oscar nod, at least.  

For more information about this film see the official Paramount web site.

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