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The Life Before Her Eyes Details


Based on author Laura Kasischke's novel The Life Before Her Eyes, Laura Kasischke director Vadim Perelman's provocative study of memory, morality, and conscience stars Uma Thurman as the guilt-ridden survivor of a harrowing, Columbine-like high-school shooting. To any outsider, Diana (played as a young girl by actress Evan Rachel Wood) and Maureen (Eva Amurri) were polar opposites; Diana was always questioning authority, while Maureen quietly went about fulfilling the expectations of her devoutly religious family. Yet it was precisely theses differences that drew the two girls to one another and found them gradually growing to become best friends. As with any anxious high-school student, Diana and Maureen both existed in that strange grey zone between childhood and adulthood that found them constantly pondering the endless possibilities that awaited them in the outside world. Flash forward years later, and Diana's (played as an adult by Thurman) life isn't anything like she imagined it would be as a young girl. As Diana's traumatic past gradually comes into focus, it soon becomes obvious that she was profoundly affected by a pivotal event that occurred just prior to her high-school graduation. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:April 18, 2008


Uma Thurman
as Diana (adult)
Evan Rachel Wood
as Diana (Teen)
Eva Amurri
as Maureen
Brett Cullen
as Paul
Oscar Isaac
as Marcus
Gabrielle Brennan
as Emma
Jack Gilpin
as Mr. McCleod
Maggie Lacey
as Amanda (adult)
John Magaro
as Michael Patrick
Lynn Cohen
as Sister Beatrice
Molly Price
as Diana's Mother
Oliver Solomon
as Detective
Isabel Keating
as Maureen's Mother
Adam Chanler-Berat
as Ryan
Tanner Cohen
as Nate Witt
Aldous Davidson
as Diana's Student
Ann McDonough
as Librarian
Sharon Washington
as Nurse
Kia Jam
as Doctor
J.T. Arbogast
as Male Reporter
Jewel Donohue
as Mother at Shooting
Shayna Levine
as Page (Teen)


Vadim Perelman
Vadim Perelman
Anthony Katagas
Aimee Peyronnet
Emil Stern
Laura Kasischke
Book Author
Pawel Edelman
James Horner
Composer (Music Score)
David Baxter
Maia Javan
Production Designer
Miguel Lopez-Castillo
Art Director
Mike Upton
Ian McGloin
Chase Bailey
Couper Samuelson
Todd Wagner
Executive Producer
Mark Cuban
Executive Producer
Marc Butan
Executive Producer
Hala Bahmet
Costume Designer
Dorian Cheah
Sound/Sound Designer
Antonio Arroyo
Sound Mixer
Ann Goulder
Drew Jiritano
Special Effects Coordinator
Richard Henkels
Additional Cinematography
Kevin O'Connell
Re-Recording Mixer
Sharon C. Dietz
Production Supervisor
Beau Borders
Re-Recording Mixer
Michael Nickodem
Location Manager
Anthony Katagas
Unit Production Manager