Ann's life seems to fit the perfect formula for misery. She's 23, works a dead-end job, lives in a trailer with her two young daughters and husband, puts up with a tired and cynical mother and has a jail-bird for a dad.
So, when Ann (Sarah Polley) finds out that she has cancer and only has two or three months left to live, she realizes her life has to change. From that point on, the movie's screenplay quickly becomes a melange of clich‚s, complete with a "Things I want to do Before I Die" list. Fortunately, the actors' realism and beautiful cinematography save the film from becoming solely a hackneyed sob-fest.
It is difficult to make a film on dying, and although My Life Without Me tries hard to express death in an innovative way, it does not succeed.