Academy Award® winners Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro star in director Susanne Bier’s (the Oscar®-nominated “After the Wedding”) powerful new drama “Things We Lost in the Fire,” a moving and emotionally compelling drama about two people brought together by fate.

Audrey Burke (Berry) is reeling from the shock of the news that has just been delivered to her door by the local police: her warm and loving husband Brian (David Duchovny), the father of their two young children, has been killed in a random act of violence.

Once anchored by the love and comforts of their 11-year marriage, Audrey is now adrift.  Impulsively, she turns to Jerry Sunborne (Del Toro), a down-and-out addict who has been her husband’s close friend since childhood. 

Desperate to fill the painful void caused by her husband’s death, Audrey invites Jerry to move into the room adjacent to their garage in the hope that he can help her and her children cope with their sudden loss.  Jerry is facing a daily battle to stay off drugs, but in his unexpected role as surrogate parent and friend to Audrey’s son and daughter he finds a core of inner resilience.

As Jerry and Audrey navigate grief and denial, their fragile bonds are constantly tested. Working together, however, they discover the strength to move forward. 

DreamWorks Pictures Presents A Neal Street Production “Things We Lost in the Fire” starring Halle Berry, Benicio Del Toro, David Duchovny, Alison Lohman, Omar Benson Miller and John Carroll Lynch. The film is directed by Susanne Bier and written by Allan Loeb. The producers are Sam Mendes and Sam Mercer.  The executive producers are Pippa Harris and Allan Loeb. The director of photography is Tom Stern. The production designer is Richard Sherman. The film is edited by Pernille Bech Christensen and Bruce Cannon, A.C.E.  The costumes are designed by Karen Matthews.  Themes are by Gustavo Santaolalla. The score is by Johan Söderqvist. The music supervisor is Susan Jacobs. The film has been rated R for drug content and language.



February 01, 2008


Susanne Bier


Allan Loeb


Paramount Pictures






118 minutes