How I Live Now

Synopsis: American teenager Elizabeth "Daisy" is sent by her estranged father away from New York to the countryside of England to stay with her Aunt Penn. Her distant cousin Isaac welcomes her at the airport and drives her home. She is introduced to her cousins, seventeen year-old Eddie and young Piper and to their friend Joe. However Daisy is a resentful, needy of love and aloof girl who believes that she is cursed and that bad things happen wherever she goes since her mother died in her delivery. Aunt Penn is a busy woman who is studying the war scenario in England, which is on alert due to an imminent terrorist attack, and needs to fly to Geneva. However, the next morning, a nuclear bomb explodes in London and the authorities of the United Kingdom declare a state of siege. Meanwhile Daisy and Eddie fall in love with each other, but they are separated by the military, which sends girls to one camp and men to another. Daisy and Eddie promise to meet each other again. In a country at war, Daisy
Director(s): Kevin Macdonald
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  1 win & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

She's the only girl

most of the time,

and you're our only cousin.

So you're gonna be like

a guest of honor.


Yeah well,

just so you know

I'm not one of those

stupid yanks who's gonna

kiss your ass the whole time

because you're British, okay?

- Okay.

- Okay.

Have we bonded now?

Can we just shut up and drive?

Yeah. Um, well,

You're the boss.

- What is this?

- d I forbid... d

d You maidens all d

d That wear gold

in your hair d

d To travel to Carterhaugh

d For young Tam Lin

is there d

d None that go by Carterhaugh

d But they leave him

a pledge d

d Either their

mantles of green d

d Or else

their maidenhead d

"Oh, had I known,

Tam Lin,'" she said

d '"What this night

I did see d

d I'd have looked him

in the eyes..." d

d '" And turned him

to a tree." d

Here we are. Welcome home.

- She's here, mom! She's here!

- Get your dog away from me.

Push 'em away, Daisy.

They'll be fine.

- Jet! Get down!

- Go... get off of me!

- Jet, get off!

- Get off, Jet!

- Jet, get off!

- Enough!

Get off, Jet! Get down!

Ugh, move!

Come here.

Jet, back!

Are you okay?

Allergy to wheat can produce

a variety of symptoms.

How to be...

fucking loser, fucking loser.

Sorry about the dogs.

They just... they just

get overexcited.

Hey, wait a second.

- Who is that?

- Edmond.

- Edmond?

- He's the oldest.

And this is Piper.

She's our baby.

I'm not a baby!

Elizabeth, would you

like to see my unicorn?

- Um, probably not.

- Piper, leave her alone.

- Elizabeth, you're American.

- It's Daisy.

No one calls me Elizabeth.

And if you don't mind,

what I'd really like

to see is my room.

I need to wash my hands,

like, right now.

I've got some kind

of canine S.T.D.

I'll take that.

Oh hey.

This is Joe.

H i.

He's our next-door neighbor.

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Meg Rosoff

Meg Rosoff (born 16 October 1956) is an American writer based in London, United Kingdom. She is best known for the novel How I Live Now (Puffin, 2004), which won the Guardian Prize, Printz Award, and Branford Boase Award and made the Whitbread Awards shortlist. Her second novel, Just in Case (Penguin, 2006) won the annual Carnegie Medal from the British librarians recognising the year's best children's book published in the U.K. more…

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