• Publication date: July 1, 2010

As she faces death, she is inspired to live life! My Life Without Me: Death Inspires Rebirth

Ann is a 23-year-old mother of two beautiful children. Her husband, Don, works sporadically, maintaining swimming pools. Ann carries the brunt of the work, laboring during the night at a local university. While there she is haunted by her past and reminisces how a teenage pregnancy and young marriage prevented her from attending the same school.

Ann is a 23-year-old mother of two beautiful children. Her husband, Don, works sporadically, maintaining swimming pools. Ann carries the brunt of the work, laboring during the night at a local university. While there she is haunted by her past and reminisces how a teenage pregnancy and young marriage prevented her from attending the same school.

Her life is far from lavish, and she lives in a trailer located behind her mother's home. Ann�s mother is callous, and uninterested in her daughter's strife, but perhaps that is because she is preoccupied with the incarceration of her husband for a crime that is never mentioned, though is presumed serious.

So life is dreary for the young mother. It worsens however when a doctor�s visit reveals she is suffering from terminal ovarian cancer, and will live only two or three more months. Rather than spread this bleak news to her family though, she intends to live life to its fullest. Ann compiles a list of things she must do before passing. Among those tasks is to find her husband a suitable replacement wife, record yearly birthday messages for each of her children, and discover what it is like to sleep with another man. This is of particular interest to Ann since Don is the only man she has ever slept with.

While My Life Without Me may appear dangerously clich�d on the surface, it manages to avoid excessive melodrama, and deliver something fresh. Sarah Polley�s performance has been lauded by many critics.

The picture's soundtrack is sprinkled with songs by British group Alpha, along with a number of unorthodox renditions of The Beach Boys� God Only Knows.

Showing On: MBC MAX

Year: 2003

Duration: 106 mins

Genre: Drama/Romance

Starring:

Sarah Polley

Scott Speedman

Mark Ruffalo

Amanda Plummer

Director: Isabel Coixet

Rating: Rated R for language.