Things We Lost in the Fire
After an unspeakable tragedy, two people get a second chance at life in “Things We Lost in the Fire.” When Audrey Burke (Halle Berry) loses her husband in an act of random violence, she forges an unlikely relationship with Jerry Sunborne (Benicio Del Toro), her husband’s best friend from childhood. Jerry is a heroin user; his addiction has destroyed everything that was once important to him. As Audrey discovers that Jerry is the only person who can help her survive her loss, Jerry finds the strength to overcome his own problems. Acclaimed Danish director Susanne Bier helms.
This film chronicles the journey of a recent widow and a man trying to kick heroin. The film will strike a chord with those who have experienced these topics first hand. The children in the film are wonderful but the adult’s acting leaves something to be desired. The film plods along at a slow pace.
This film was not Dove Family-Approved. There are many scenes involving drugs, such as someone who was high, or someone using, or someone contemplating using. There is also usage of foul language throughout and an intimate scene involving a married couple. The violence is not gory but some blood was shown. For the aforementioned reasons, we cannot award our Dove Seal to this film.