The Life Before This (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Life Before This (1999)




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Exploring concepts of fate and free will, Jerry Ciccoritti's contemplative drama shows the lives of a handful of random people during the 12 hours leading up to a bloody shooting spree in a posh coffee shop. Maggie (Emily Hampshire) is a waitress in the café whose acting career is going nowhere fast. Her co-worker Connie (Sarah Polley), who is learning to love her lawyer boyfriend, is supposed to have the day off. Sheena (Catherine O'Hara), who frequents the shop, is a lovelorn bridal consultant looking for a decent man. And Brian (Stephen Rea), an exterminator/philosopher, is still mourning the death of his daughter, who died a year ago. Their petty, everyday problems gain ironic resonance when juxtaposed with the day's bloody ending. This film was screened at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival.


Joe Pantoliano
as Jake Maclean
Callum Keith Rennie
as Martin Maclean
Alison Pill
as Jessica
Fab Filippo
as Michael
Bernard Behrens
as Monsieur Farrin
Martha Burns
as Gwen Maclean
Albert Schultz
as Sheena's Date
Nina Shock
as Phoebe
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