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Things We Lost in the Fire

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Things We Missed Out On at the Oscars: a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Benicio Del Toro for his portrayal of heroine addict Jerry Sunborne. He probably wouldn't have beaten out No Country For Old Men's Javier Bardem, but Del Toro's performance was decidedly good enough for a nom.

Audrey Burke's (Halle Berry) husband Brian (David Duchovny) has just been killed, and while her two young children try to deal with the loss of their father, Audrey seems unable to cope. After mending fences with Brian's drug-addicted childhood friend Jerry, she invites him to move in to her fire-damaged garage so both can perhaps begin their respective healing processes. Jerry's new role in the household becomes muddled, however, and Audrey's personal issues provide a serious barrier to Jerry's recovery. The story develops as the pair alternate successes and failures on the road to regaining their physical and mental health.

Del Toro is an immediately convincing drug abuser. His trademarked sleepy eyes and mumbling speech paired with brilliant body control make him a natural for the part. Berry's turn as a hard-shelled wife-in-mourning takes about half of the two-hour runtime to become fully believable, but by film's end, her emotional outbursts are quite real.

While average viewers may not relate to the drug content, losing a family member hits home universally. This film carries a lot of emotion in it, especially in its latter stages, and is a recommended watch for anyone in a real-world, tear-jerking sort of mood.

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