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Things We Lost in the Fire is a well-acted, beautifully filmed reflection on love, loss, addiction and recovery from life's obstacles. Read critic reviews

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After her husband dies in an act of senseless violence, Audrey Burke (Halle Berry) is left alone with two young children and no idea how to cope. Nearly paralyzed by grief, Audrey tracks down her husband's childhood friend, Jerry (Benicio Del Toro). Jerry is a drug addict, but Audrey invites him to move into her home nevertheless, and a mutually dependent relationship develops between the two damaged souls.

Cast & Crew

Halle Berry
Audrey Burke
Benicio Del Toro
Jerry Sunborne
John Carroll Lynch
Howard Glassman
Micah Berry
Dony Burke
Allan Loeb
Screenwriter
Pippa Harris
Executive Producer
Allan Loeb
Executive Producer
Tom Stern
Cinematographer
Bruce Cannon
Film Editor
Johan Söderqvist
Original Music
Richard Sherman
Production Design
Geoff Wallace
Art Director
Karen Matthews
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Critic Reviews for Things We Lost in the Fire

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  • Jan 19, 2011
    I kept wanting more. A spark. A fire to erupt and totally engross me, suck me into the story. I wanted to feel like I wasn't just watching a movie; I was a part of the story. But it never happened. <p>The best news about this one is that Halle Berry and, especially, Benicio Del Toro are back. Berry gives her best performance since <i>Monster's Ball</i> -- I swear I thought she was finished. Only Del Toro tops Berry. This is truly a great job of acting on his part. Definitely his best, for me, since <i>The Usual Suspects</i>.<p>Actually, the cast, overall, is very good, but, again, the story never takes off despite some great acting. <p>I don't want to point fingers at the director, or the editors, or even the writers. I get the feeling that everyone believed in this story. Still, no movie magic here.
    Lanning : Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2010
    This is definitely a film of lost potential. The cast is great, and they all give incredible performances - Alison Lohman, especially. I'm surprised she has never made it big- but ultimately the film does the accomplish much. Just days after watching it, I remember nothing. The characters are intersting, but they are never completely explored. The plot has a certain amount of potential, but it never really takes off. The one thing that saves the film is that despite it's flaws, Things We Lost in the Fire is that is really is rather intersting and at times thought-provoking concerning things such as life and love, familiy dynamics, the importance and relation of spouses and friends.
    Jake . Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2009
    It's a moving story. Benicio Del Toro gives a great performance, but that's about it. Outside his acting and the premise, there is nothing extraordinary about this. Halle Berry was just cruel and unlikeable.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2009
    Benicio Del Toro knocked my socks off. The rest of the cast did a great job too. I have yet to see Halle in a role I really like, but I will still keep trying. One scene in particular really made me think. When she was talking about all the "things" they lost in the fire, and how her husband was calm because they still had each other. It touched me so deeply because I realized I will never have enough "things" to fill the hole that I have from being all alone.
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