I had a chance last week to watch another Sue-movie (i.e. not action or thriller!) while my husband was golfing, and I chose The Life Before Her Eyes, a haunting movie about friendship and tragedy, available free on Amazon Prime.
At that point, the film shifts forward in time. Diana is an adult now,
played by Uma Thurman, married to Paul, with a young daughter named
Emma. She seems to be living a good life - in a lovely house, teaching
art history, and happy with her family - but she is still haunted by the
school shooting. From there, the movie follows Diana's current life,
with frequent flashbacks to her high school years and her friendship
with Maureen. I was a little confused by the movie's ending at first but
soon figured it out.
Obviously, since it is focused on a horrific school shooting, this is a
dark, sometimes disturbing movie (if you need further proof, it was
directed by Vadim Perelman, who also directed The House of Sand and Fog,
the most depressing movie my husband and I have ever seen!). It's not
all depressing, though - the scenes of Maureen and Diana's growing
friendship in high school are warm and poignant, though filled with a
sense of foreboding because you know from the beginning that something
terrible is coming. It's interesting, though chilling, to see the girls
occasionally interact with the boy who will become the shooter. Seeing
past and present twisted together makes this a very thoughtful and
clever film, though it is a somber, tragic story. The movie was
based on the novel by Laura Kasischke.
Have you seen any good movies lately?