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Life Itself

  • 2019
  • R
  • 118min
  • 13%
  • 6.4 / 10

The movie's plot focuses on the lives of several people, spanning multiple generations, and how their actions during their lifetimes are interconnected to one another, and how their lives, despite their differences, can also reveal similar aspects of the human condition on a deeply personal level. The film focuses on multiple families and how they relate to one another and eventually become one. The characters in the film and their lives vary greatly, all experiencing different levels of tragedy and love, but in the end, the film pushes the idea of hopefulness and meaning in life, no matter what it throws at us.

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Having previously worked on a wide range of films, including dramas like Crazy, Stupid, Love, and Disney animated films like Cars and Tangled, Dan Fogelman has made a name for himself in the film industry, for his focus on character-driven narratives. Recently, his show This Is Us has exemplified this in a very similar way to Life Itself, as a story spanning the lives and multiple generations across decades of families dealing with love, laughter, and hardship. Both this film and the series delve into the interconnectedness of people and the effects our actions have on those around us and those in the future, whether we realize it or not.

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Life Itself is a 2018 American drama film written and directed by Dan Fogelman, and produced by Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey. The film stars Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Mandy Patinkin, and Olivia Cooke, with narration by Samuel L. Jackson and Lorenza Izzo. The film's production was handled by FilmNation, Nostromo Pictures, and Temple Hill Entertainment, with distribution by Amazon Studios, the film branch of the online retailer, in the US, and Sony Pictures internationally. The film earned just $7.6 million against its budget of $10 million.