Life Before Her Eyes, The (R)

Quicklook Rating★★½
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synopsis

Imaginative, impetuous and wild Diana can't wait for her adult life to begin. Whiling away the final days of high school in the lush springtime, Diana tests her limits with sex and drugs as her more conservative friend Maureen watches with concern. But, Diana's aura of invincibility is shattered when a senseless act of violence erupts at school, forever changing the lives of the two best friends. Fifteen years later, a grown Diana is still trying to come to terms with the traumatic events of that fateful day. On the surface, the adult Diana has made a picture perfect life for herself. She's still living in the sleepy Connecticut suburb she grew up in with her husband Paul, a professor at the local college. Her beautiful young daughter, Emma, is smart and creative and possesses a fiercely independent streak reminiscent of her mother. But, all is not well-as the anniversary of her adolescent trauma approaches, the darkness that Diana has tried to escape closes in. Meanwhile, her husband has become increasingly absent, her daughter has taken to hiding from teachers, and worst of all, Diana's own grip on reality is starting to falter.

MovieGoer Review

The Life Before Her Eyes is an artsy yet incomplete look on how lives can be changed forever by one tragic event--as fun as THAT sounds.

Story

Based on a novel by Laura Kasischke, it focuses on two 17-year-old high sch... MORE

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synopsis

Imaginative, impetuous and wild Diana can't wait for her adult life to begin. Whiling away the final days of high school in the lush springtime, Diana tests her limits with sex and drugs as her more conservative friend Maureen watches with concern. But, Diana's aura of invincibility is shattered when a senseless act of violence erupts at school, forever changing the lives of the two best friends. Fifteen years later, a grown Diana is still trying to come to terms with the traumatic events of that fateful day. On the surface, the adult Diana has made a picture perfect life for herself. She's still living in the sleepy Connecticut suburb she grew up in with her husband Paul, a professor at the local college. Her beautiful young daughter, Emma, is smart and creative and possesses a fiercely independent streak reminiscent of her mother. But, all is not well-as the anniversary of her adolescent trauma approaches, the darkness that Diana has tried to escape closes in. Meanwhile, her husband has become increasingly absent, her daughter has taken to hiding from teachers, and worst of all, Diana's own grip on reality is starting to falter.

MovieGoer Review

The Life Before Her Eyes is an artsy yet incomplete look on how lives can be changed forever by one tragic event--as fun as THAT sounds.

Story

Based on a novel by Laura Kasischke, it focuses on two 17-year-old high sch... MORE