How I Live Now

How I Live Now

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Set in the near-future UK; Daisy, an American teenager sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. Initially withdrawn and alienated, she begins to warm up to her charming surroundings, and strikes up a romance with the handsome Edmund. But on the fringes of their idyllic summer days are tense news reports of an escalating conflict in Europe. As the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state, Daisy finds herself hiding and fighting to survive.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9786315306686
6315306683
Branch Call Number: DVD How
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
digital,optical,Dolby
1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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breemu
Apr 25, 2016

I didn't think I would, but I have to say I enjoyed this movie very much. It's one of only a very few movies that I wanted to watch a second time.

It starts off as a bit of a shallow teen flick (think Mean Girls), moves on to the breathtaking landscape of Wales, and solidifies into what can (and will) happen when an established society breaks down.

This combination of budding youth, lush scenery, and a country at war makes for a kind of weirdness, an off balance, as if the director wasn't quite sure of his intended mark.

But such disconnects between old and new "normal" in a society under siege might actually be more realistic than many of the other doomsday scenarios depicted in movies, where all things are intentionally made dark and ugly as if to ensure no viewer forgets, for even a moment, the seriousness of the situation.

The heroine in this movie also comes fully loaded with many of the modern teen's catalogue of mental health and self image issues, but is thrust into a world of basic survival and harsh reality that leaves absolutely no room for such things, playing testament to the adage that focusing on something other than yourself is often the best way to deal with whatever ails you.

And in this case it keeps her alive long enough to become a young woman whose new focus on the needs of those she has come to love completely overshadows all of her previous internal obsessing and often self-inflicted angst.

Oh, and there's a rather dreamy dude involved too....

LoganLib_Sophie Mar 18, 2015

I was a little bit confused through-out this movie. I didn't understand why the main character was so mad and a bit messed up. I will probably have to read the book to understand.

It's a pretty violent and intense movie. Similar to "Tomorrow when the war began".

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IV27HUjg
Feb 28, 2015

Depends on one's age, maturity & awareness of what's going on in the world beyond US. For me it was too juvenile, lots of fast forwarding & can't imagine the 14 year old I know enjoying this at all. True comment that we in the US have no idea of the disruption war brings - few in NW are not even prepared for a major quake. I'm still longing for another read like Far North which I found totally realistic.

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pinky0203
Jul 05, 2014

Great film about how quickly our world can fall apart. How dependent most people are on the trappings of civilization. Not a happy ending for everyone, just like real life......

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A_Falkov
Apr 30, 2014

Yeah, Westerners are unfortunately quite removed from the impacts of war in any way other than what the very controlled media of today allows them to see. When I was young I remember seeing the eyes of real dead people as their bodies were carried past the cameras that got thick into what it was all about. This film gives privileged white folk a little more of a feel of what happens when a war suddenly outbreaks in their very own homeland. Just like how the folks in the Ukraine are ''living now'' and other nations where interests have collided. Some really beautiful camerawork here. Ronan is impressive in this role. The unfortunate fate of women in particular, in this type of situation is countered by the wary and wily female warrior that is revealed in her character's development. This fiction is unfortunately too real for many worldwide, so of course - a truly scary flic for anyone.

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decinti
Apr 27, 2014

awesome movie ever!

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jimg2000
Mar 30, 2014

Survival drama about a teenager's transformation from a self-centered girl to a confident loving young woman when war broke out in England where she was visiting her Aunt's family.

harrybrowne Mar 21, 2014

Well done film about the post apocalypse. More realistic than many, and not preachy or strident.

booklady413 Mar 17, 2014

This tale of survival was alright. I enjoyed the book more.

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BeausPerson
Mar 14, 2014

Gritty film about unaccompanied minors in the wake of a nuclear terrorist attack.

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LoganLib_Sophie Mar 18, 2015

A bit of a messed up love story. The main character falls inlove with her step-cousin and then war strikes the UK. The boys get separated from the girls and promise to meet back at the house. Pretty much slave labour happens until the girls escape to get back to the house on foot.

They get back, but must be pretty messed up in the process. It's a happy ending, sort of.

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BeardedMovieGuy
Mar 02, 2015

How I Live Now is an interesting look at what happens to a group of young people who are left to fend for themselves once World War 3 breaks out. The main character is a self obsessed girl visiting from America, who has to grow up in a hurry once her and her cousins are rounded up and separated by the army. The cousins all vow to make their way back to their house no matter where they are taken. This story is fairly well made, with equal time spent developing characters and allowing the story to unfold. The acting is good for the most part, with Saoirse Ronan doing a terrific job in the main role. Although it sometimes seems a little too unbelievable in parts, overall this post apocalyptic film strives for a smaller more intimate portrayal of the aftermath, and does a decent job accomplishing just that.
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LoganLib_Sophie Mar 18, 2015

LoganLib_Sophie thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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jimg2000
Mar 30, 2014

Daisy: Before the war I used my willpower for stupid stuff, like not eating chocolate. I think I thought if I could control myself, then maybe the world around me would start to make sense. I guess I was pretty naive back then.
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Daisy: It's like I said all that time ago, if the world doesn't end I wanna be here at home, with you. And that's how I live now.

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