VERONIKA DECIDES TO DIE
Sarah Michelle Gellar - Veronika Deklava
Jonathan Tucker - Edward
Erika Christensen - Claire
Melissa Leo - Mari
Florencia Lozano - Dr. Thompson
Rena Owen - Nurse Josephine
Erica Gimpel - Nurse White
Victor Slezak - Gabriel Durant
Barbara Sukowa - Mrs. Deklava
Victor Steinbach - Mr. Deklava
Holter Graham - Eric Grafton
David Thewlis - Dr. Blake
Matthew Cowles - Old Fred
Jeff Applegate - Anti-Pundit
Meg Gibson - Pro-Pundit
Christy Bella Joiner - Nurse
Jill Marie Lawrence - Nurse #2
Adrian Martinez - Male Nurse #1
Rafael Sardina - Male Nurse #2
Lisette Bross - Work Colleague #1
David Skeist - Work Colleague #2
Tania Santiago - Work Colleague #3
Jill Dalton - Work Colleague #4
Al Roffe - Superintendent
Nicolette Hart - Reporter
Virl Andrick - Boss
Ward Horton - PR Guy
Jessica Kaye - Bartender
Amanda LaPergola - Shouting Patient
Gregory Marcel - Coffee Boy
Lisa Ramirez - Female Swimming Pool Patient
Stuart Rudin - Deluded Man Patient
Waleed Zuaiter - Lecturer
John Farrer - Old Fisherman
Michael Harkins - Parent
US Release Date: 20 January 2015
(released in 19 other countries in 2009 & 2010)
Length: 103 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Budget: $9 million
Screenplay: Roberta Hanley
Producers: Johnathan Bross, Chris Hanley
Music: Murray Gold
"Gellar bravely strips away all vanity for the character of Veronika, a thirty-something businesswoman suffering
from depression, and brings the viewer head-on into a collision of emotional exhaustion. Veronika is a lonely character,
but also a selfish one, and it’s tremendously refreshing how dedicated Gellar becomes in delivering the reality of
the character without sugar-coating the ugliness. She doesn’t try to create a heroine, just a fleshed-out human being
who has convinced herself that life is nothing but a depressing field of emptiness.
--- jerkwoddjh writing for Reese Film Review
FACTS & TRIVIA
- The makeup artist for Sarah Michelle Gellar on this film was Caryn Brostoff, who also did Gellar's makeup for Suburban Girl, Harvard Man, and Simply Irresistible.
- VDTD premiered on Australian TV on 5 July 2011.
- Gellar replaced Kate Bosworth in this film, whic was directed by Emily Young. Her co-stars were Jonathan Tucker (Tim Weiner in "The Virgin Suicides") and David Thewlis (Remus Lupin in Harry Potter films).
- Veronika attempts suicide, then wakes up in mental hospital to learn that she has five days to live.
- Rena Owen (Nurse Josephine) was Taun We in Star Wars Episodes II and III. Melissa Leo (Mari) was Winnie Mann in 3 episodes of THE L WORD.
- Tino85 in Bulgaria wrote an excellent review of the film for IMDB, saying, in part:
"First of all the the music in the movie (especially when Veronika plays the piano) is very moving and really dragged me into the emotions of the scenes. It is so intense as if Veronika's inner world and feelings were my own.In my opinion Sarah Michelle Gellar did a great job conveying the personality of the character to the viewer."
- Young also directed KISS OF LIFE , (2003) starring Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė, which was nominated for six awards and won three of them.
- Holter Graham (Billy Gunn in Swans Crossing) is Eric Grafton in Veronika Decides to Die.
- The book VERONIKA DECIDES TO DIE, on which the Gellar film is based, has had two other film versions made: in Japan, "Veronica wa Shino Koto ni Shita" (directed by Kei Horie), and in Pakistan "Love Mein Ghum" It was originally titled "Kitni Haseen Hai Zindagi". The film was directed by Reema Kahn and is apparently a musical. The new title translates as "Lost In Love" and stars Kahn, along with Moammar Rana, Nadeem Baig, and Javed Sheikh. It will be released in March, 2011.
- The Japanese film starred Yoko Maki, who was the character Yoko in THE GRUDGE, and its soundtrack is by composer Andrea Morricone. Maki made her film debut at the age of 19 in the 2001 film DRUG. Her big break came with the role of Aya in the remake of LADY SNOWBLOOD (later re-titled as THE PRINCESS BLADE).
- The book has also inspired an album of the same title by Danish band Saturnus, and songs "Veronica" by Japanese
band Aqua Timez, and "Saint Veronika" by Canadian band Billy Talent.