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How I Live Now

Rated R 101 minutes 2013

More apocalyptic teen romance, along the lines of The Hunger Games and Never Let Me Go. A bitchy little goth from Manhattan (Saoirse Ronan of Hanna) arrives at her aunt's home in the English countryside just in time for the nuclear destruction of London, the outbreak of World War III, and the imposition of martial law, which abridges not only human and civil rights but her fragile romance with her silent hunk of a cousin (George MacKay). The sketchy futuristic scenario includes skirmishes between the British army and some kind of domestic guerrilla force—this is England we're talking about, right? But then, the key objective here is not political coherence but a heavy sense of adult oppression and doom to make the heroes' innocent cuddling more poignant. Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) directed a script adapted from Meg Rosoff's young-adult novel; with Anna Chancellor.

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Director: Kevin Macdonald

Producer: Andrew Ruhemann, John Battsek, Charles Steel, Alasdair Flind, Tessa Ross, Robert Walak, Piers Wenger and Nigel Williams

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, Anna Chancellor, George MacKay, Harley Bird, Corey Johnson, Danny McEvoy and Natasha Jonas


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