• fulci420

    Added by fulci420

    The two central performances from Del Toro and Berry are career highlights for both actors but it's not enough to save Susanne Bier"s first American film from feeling kind of forgettable when all is said and done. I think you can blame screenwriter Allan Loeb (Rock of Ages, Here Comes the Boom) for all of this, as the acting is obviously on point as is Bier's intimate up close approach. Bier's "Brothers" (2004) dealt with a similar story and with…


  • Sheryl

    ★★★★ Watched by Sheryl 18 Oct, 2015

    Susanne Bier employs some really interesting cinematographic techniques to tell a simple story. Her directing feels a bit like a refusal of typical tropes, from the poorly-demarcated flashback scenes in the frenetic first half to the semblance of peace found at the end of the film. It is so unapologetic that what I found was disjointed and difficult to resonate with comes to good closure after awhile. Much like the processes of grief.

    Things We Lost in the Fire also…


  • nightgerbil

    ★★★ Watched by nightgerbil 14 Oct, 2015

    This film is quite confused. The beginning reminded me of another better film starring Benicio del Toro - 21 Grams - that plays around with timeline, where the story wants to reveal certain details, but Things We Lost in the Fire doesn't know when to keep a consistent play on the timeline.

    It also seems confused as to where it really wants to dwell - various stereotypical themes involving loss? The drug addict friend who disappoints everyone by relapsing at…


  • Mathew Buck

    ★★★½ Watched by Mathew Buck 11 Oct, 2015 1

    Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro deliver emotional performances in this downbeat drama as two people who try to come to terms with the death of her husband and his friend David Duchovny. This is certainly a better effort from Susanne Bier than Serena, although I was worried in the early sections that this was going to be something akin to Babel and 21 Grams because of the way it relays events in non-linear fashion, but luckily the film ceases…


  • M Elizabeth

    ★★★★½ Added by M Elizabeth

    I went into this with middle-road expectations and came out of it gobsmacked. Absolutely wonderful. As dark as it needed to be without being degrading. As uplifting as necessary without being trite. Master class work by both Del Toro and Berry. This is an absurdly underrated film. Go watch it.


  • Warriors

    ★★★★ Added by Warriors 1

    A very strong picture with an emotional part for Berry and a strong performance from Benicio Del Toro.
    Good acting, good script , good movie.
    Very touching movie too!


  • Prasath

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Prasath 09 Sep, 2015

    good movie...


  • Victoria108

    ★★★★½ Added by Victoria108

    Another surprisingly beautiful film. Beginning to end the score captured my mind. Music is as important to me as casting and atmosphere. The director was obsessed with close eye shots, but she pulls it off. The story is woven beautifully in a way you know what is coming, but are still surprised when it happens on screen. I'm not saying much about the story, but can tell you if dark stories interest you, knowing they all don't end in tragedy, please treat yourself to a quiet evening with this movie.


  • Domagoj Koški

    ★★★ Watched by Domagoj Koški 05 Dec, 2014

    It's mediocre drama with Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro. Halle as woman with two children whos husband has been killed lately and Benicio as her husband's best friend and heroin addict. She invites him in their house to help them to get on with the tragedy. But she's also annoying bitch in the movie and all the time shits about how he's not her husband. Too much pointless things and ending is like the director didn't have the idea how to end the movie so "let it be like that". Besides these "little" things, movie is ok.


  • Matt Wooldridge

    ★★★ Watched by Matt Wooldridge 09 Sep, 2008

    I was surprised this didn't get any recognition around Oscar time. But then I realised it was a Dreamworks film which may have been dumped by Paramount in favour of hyping THERE WILL BE BLOOD and their other Oscar hopefuls. This was a solid drama featuring great performances from Benicio del Toro and Halle Berry. David Duchovny is also very good in his small yet integral role. From the director of AFTER THE WEDDING (a film on my to-see list).


  • Matt Heiser

    ★★★ Watched by Matt Heiser 19 Nov, 2014

    Solid character drama, though probably the weakest of the four films I've seen directed by Susanne Bier, a director I've really become a huge fan of. Well acted by Del Toro, and, for perhaps like only the 2nd time (after maybe Monster's Ball), a good performance from Halle Berry. Not that memorable, though.


  • ShadetreeDad

    ★★★½ Watched by ShadetreeDad 13 Nov, 2014

    Kept putting off this film and finally threw it in the player. Very nice film. Not one I would probably ever watch again though.