Movie Renter's Guide - March, 2008


"Things We Lost in the Fire" (SD DVD)


When Audrey Burke's (Berry) husband Brian (Duchovny) passes away suddenly, she turns to a former boyfriend Jerry Sunborne (Del Toro) for comforting.

Unfortunately, Jerry is dealing with his own problems, namely heroin addiction, but he wants to be with Audrey very much, so he agrees to go through withdrawal and heal himself.

In the meantime, he gets to know Audrey's family.

He finds that getting off drugs is the most difficult thing he has ever done, but being with Audrey and her children helps a great deal, and finally, he decides that his recovery is a must.



  • Dreamworks
    2007, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 58 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 480i
  • English DD 5.1
  • Directed by Susanne Bier
  • Starring Halle Berry, Benicio Del Torro, David Duchovny, Alison Lohman
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  • Violence: Physical Drug Withdrawal
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Bad


This film reminds me of an old flick called A Man and a Woman (Un homme et une femme) released in 1966, which won two Academy Awards, but I don't think this one will be the classic that the earlier film has been. Perhaps that is because this one is more about incredible suffering to obtain love (not pleasant to watch), and the former one is simply about discovery of each other (much easier to identify with).


The story is shot with handheld cameras a lot of the time, so it has a docudrama look to it as if the show 20/20 were coming along to see how he deals with his addiction problem. The movie has received accolades, but apparently not much activity in the making money department.


Not much here except deleted scenes and commentary.