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Me Without You
Me Without You
Actors: Anna Friel, Michelle Williams, Ella Jones, Anna Popplewell, Cameron Powrie
Director: Sandra Goldbacher
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
R     2003     1hr 47min

Friendship can prove more complicated than romance. Me Without You follows two British girls from their 1970s preadolescence to contemporary adulthood. Holly (Michelle Williams, Dick), a shy Jewish girl with loving but boo...  more »


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Actors: Anna Friel, Michelle Williams, Ella Jones, Anna Popplewell, Cameron Powrie
Director: Sandra Goldbacher
Creators: Sandra Goldbacher, Finola Dwyer, Jonathan Olsberg, Judy Counihan, Paul Ritchie, Steve Christian, Laurence Coriat
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Love & Romance, Family Life
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/17/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 47min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Movie Reviews

Clever and Powerful. A must!
Mark Twain | 04/12/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Friendships can be odd. And I have never seen a more realistic friendship depicted on film than that of Marina and Holly in the engrossing and powerful "Me Without You." The film brilliantly reveals a less tidy, more insidious version of 'friends forever', one in which undying loyalty coexists with cruelty and subterfuge. There's no question the friendship between affection-starved man-eater Marina (Anna Friel) and studious Holly (Michelle Williams) will spin out of control. The script by Goldbacher and Laurence Coriat paints Marina as spiteful from puberty on, her deceptions growing more vicious and unbelievable as the picture moves from the pair's 1970s girlhood into young adulthood. Goldbacher is adept at visual storytelling, capturing intimate moments with breathtaking acuity. She's also got a couple of spirited actresses in her corner. Williams drops her "Dawson's Creek" persona immediately, mastering a middle-class English accent and kindly, mousy demeanor. The actress' manner fits a girl whose mother has told her, by way of comfort, "Some girls are pretty, and some are smart." Her performance is touching, heartfelt, and certainly eye-opening. She is truly an underrated actress.Friel wonderfully conveys her sadistic character's tortured bond to her friend. She turns a scene where Marina tells Holly, "There's no me without you," into something poignant instead of overwrought. Her performance is powerful, emotional, and beautiful.Kyle MacLachlan ("Sex and the City") makes an insinuating weasel as a professor who sparks romantic hopes in both young women. As Marina's cocktail- swilling mother, Trudie Styler (Sting's wife) cuts a glamorously wasted figure, the kind of woman who's great fun as your friend's mother and a nightmare as your own.

Much of "Me Without You" strikes a familiar chord and intelligently captures the difficulties that can disrupt even a close friendship. Goldbacher often spins her story against the backdrop of 1970s British pop records, including The Clash, Adam Ant and Depeche Mode. It's a wonderfully entertaining film that is true to life and gut-wrenchingly real. A wonderful little gem that deserves to be seen."
My New Favorite Romantic Movie
J. Burns | La Jolla, CA United States | 06/14/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Worth it to witness the hard, ugly truth of friends who love each other and will spoil everything for one another to prove it. Also worth it for the well-crafted acting and very accessible script. However, for me, this tale of friendship became the mere backdrop for a surprisingly romantic story of longing and disappointment. Michelle Williams does a remarkably subtle job throughout (I didn't expect this performance from her), and she is able to convey her character's infatuation for Marina's older brother with a truth never seen in the lovesick characters of Dawson's Creek. But the true revelation here is Oliver Milburn, who adds layer after layer to the cool but kind Nat. It is no wonder that Williams' Holly can't let go of her crush on this young man; in the skilled hands of Milburn, Nat becomes a "real boy" and is one of the most endearing "objects of affection" that I have seen in the movies in quite some time.All performances are wonderful, with some small, very funny moments that can be easily missed if you aren't paying attention (I caught many on my second viewing).Why not 5 stars? Well, I must confess that the ending left me wanting more. Also, don't expect extra's on this DVD. Except for the typical scene selections, subtitles (which was actually helpful - there is a lot of whispering in this movie) and 3 previews, there is nothing really added to this DVD."
One girl to another: We need to get divorced
Peggy Vincent | Oakland, CA | 06/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This excellent film follows two girls who have been friends from childhood. They've lived next door to each other and are in and out of each others' houses daily. Holly is a sky, bookish, Jewish girl whose mother `comforts' her by saying "Some girls are pretty, and others are smart." Thanks, Mom. Marina, OTOH, is a knockout, has glamorous but unstable and unreliable parents, and a brother whom Holly secretly lusts after. As they grow, their friendship remains the one constant in their world - but one does wonder that it takes so long for Holly to realize that Marina is just using her and being very mean about it in the process.
Without either knowing (but of course all is eventually revealed), they have an affair with the same college professor, but throughout, there's this underlying attraction of Holly to Marina's brother, Nat, even after he's married a French actress.
Great flick with a touching ending. Terrific acting by everyone."
Me Without You
Rawson / Carl D. | Derby., Derbyshire. United Kingdom | 05/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Typically British.
If you are a Brit. in your thirties then re-live an era with which you probably look back with some fondness.
If you are American then this is typical student Britian in the late seventies and eighties. The somewhat colourful language is not there to offend but to typify British youth culture of the day. It's a compelling view and I recomend it strongly.
Shame that it was released so long ago on the planes but has only just hit the cinemas."