Young mother, Ann (Sarah Polley) lives a life of predictability and monotony. She works as a janitor and lives in a trailer, right next to the trailer of her mother, who hasn’t been on a date since Ann’s father (Alfred Molina) was arrested years ago. Her life has never been easy, but Ann has accepted it for what it is. And there are some bright spots in her grey existence.
But Ann does have a solid marriage to her loving husband, Don (Scott Speedman) is kind and devoted. And she has two healthy, beautiful little girls, Penny and Patsy (Jessica Amlee and Kenya Jo Kennedy). Although things could be better, they could also be a lot worse. And then one day, with one unexpected diagnosis, they are.
In this tender Canadian drama, we witness Ann’s race against time to ensure that the people she loves most are happy and cared for once she’s gone from this world. Ann covertly sets out to make amends with her father, while finding her mother (Debbie Harry) a companion, her girls a new mother, and her husband a new wife. But Ann’s new plans aren’t all so altruistic. Ann, who was a teen mother and has only ever been with Don, also wants to explore intimacy with other men, inadvertently pulling another person (Mark Ruffalo) into her life whom she’ll eventually have to say goodbye to.
Both realistically fantastic and beautifully melancholy, My Life Without Me explores the briefness of life and the infinite depth of love.
I give this one 4.5 stars.