Things We Lost in the Fire


Things We Lost in the Fire

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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.



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When Audrey Burke loses her husband in an act of random violence, she forges an unlikely relationship with Jerry Sunborne, her husband's best friend from childhood. Jerry is a heroin user; his addiction has destroyed everything that was once important to him. As Audrey discovers that Jerry is the only person who can help her survive her loss, Jerry finds the strength to overcome his own problems.


Halle Berry
as Audrey Burke
Benicio Del Toro
as Jerry Sunborne
David Duchovny
as Steven Burke
John Carroll Lynch
as Howard Glassman
Maureen Thomas
as Grandma Ginnie Burke
Patricia Harras
as Howard's Wife
V.J. Foster
as Distressed Man
Carolyn Field
as Teresa Haddock
Todd Charles Mosher
as Police Officer No. 2
Marlies Dick
as Police Officer No. 1
Liam James
as Cousin Dave
Quinn Lord
as Cousin Joel
Alejandro Chavarria
as Backyard Kid
Ken Tremblett
as Brenda's Husband
Hilary Strang
as N.A. Meeting Director
Jessica McLeod
as Harper's Friend
Victoria Campbell
as Harper's Friend
Gerry Rousseau
as John in Alley
Abraham Jedidiah
as Mr. Skopes
Adrian Hough
as N.A. Meeting Man
Kendall Cross
as N.A. Meeting Person
Lorena Gale
as N.A. Meeting Person
R. Nelson Brown
as N.A. Meeting Person
Hakan Coskuner
as Alvin the Addict
James Bayliss
as Misunderstood Dealer
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Critic Reviews for Things We Lost in the Fire

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (83) | Rotten (45)

  • Scheduled blowups and symbolic dreams and interminable tears until we all feel like we've learned a little something about loss: We want our two hours back.

    Feb 22, 2008 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • Things We Lost in the Fire is certainly not a comedy, but it is definitely mordant with its two Big Themes: Loss and Addiction, both treated in a singularly heavy-handed manner, for which I blame primarily Mr. Loeb's screenplay.

    Oct 31, 2007

    Andrew Sarris

    Top Critic
  • Berry gives a riveting performance, but as a deeply decent man trapped in a hell of his own making, Del Toro gives the kind of career performance Berry gave in Monster's Ball.

    Oct 27, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's very strong.

    Oct 22, 2007
  • The movie is an engrossing melodrama, and it has its heart in the right place.

    Oct 20, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Things We Lost in the Fire veers away from the real and hard and toward the fantastic.

    Oct 19, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Things We Lost in the Fire

  • 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.
    Barbara A Super Reviewer

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