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United States, Date: January 20, 2015


All | Drama | Romance
  • Cast & Credits:

    Release date: January 20, 2015 (limited)
    Studio: Entertainment One Films
    Director: Emily Young
    MPAA Rating: R (for some sexual content)
    Screenwriters: Larry Gross, Roberta Hanley
    Starring: David Thewlis, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jonathan Tucker, Erika Christensen, Melissa Leo, Florencia Lorenzo
    Genre: Drama    
    Budget: $9,000,000 (estimated)
    DVD Available: March 17, 2015
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Tagline: It wasn't until she decided to die, that Veronika found a reason to live

The story centers on Veronika, a woman in her mid twenties who appears to have everything: good looks, good job and a great life ahead of her. Yet she decides to end her own life. She is unsuccessful and awakens in a mental hospital where she learns that she a short time to live. However in the hospital she meets people who are only 'insane' because they don't always follow society's rules. With little left to lose, Veronika embarks on a journey on which she frees herself to experience relationships and emotions and ultimately discovers what it means to live.   

Did You Know?

The movie is based on the novel Veronika Decides to Die: A Novel of Redemption by Paulo Coelho.

The film was orginally released on May 16, 2009 at the Cannes Film Festival in France.


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Veronika Decides to Die

Manufacturer: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Editorial Review: After a frantic suicide attempt, Veronika (Sarah Michelle Gellar) awakens to find herself inside a mysterious mental asylum. Under the supervision of an unorthodox psychiatrist who specializes in controversial treatment, Veronika learns that she has only weeks to live. In a place where nothing appears as it seems, Veronika witnesses the strange treatment of her fellow patients. With time running out, she must confront her inner demons and face the terrifying truth that holds the secret to her fate.

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Veronika Decides to Die: A Novel of Redemption

Author: Paulo Coelho
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Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything—youth and beauty, boyfriends and a loving family, a fulfilling job. But something is missing in her life. So, one cold November morning, she takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up. But she does—at a mental hospital where she is told that she has only days to live.


Inspired by events in Coelho’s own life, Veronika Decides to Die questions the meaning of madness and celebrates individuals who do not fit into patterns society considers to be normal. Bold and illuminating, it is a dazzling portrait of a young woman at the crossroads of despair and liberation, and a poetic, exuberant appreciation of each day as a renewed opportunity.

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