Veronika Decides to Die (2009) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
6.4/ 10 (6272 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated R for some sexual content

Production Company
Das Films [us]
Future Films [gb] - (USA office)
Muse Productions [us]
PalmStar Entertainment [us]
Velvet Steamroller Entertainment [us]

Production Designer

All Producers

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Release Date
(France) - 16 May 2009
(Brazil) - 21 August 2009
(Portugal) - 16 September 2009
(Poland) - 2 October 2009
(Sweden) - 30 October 2009

Running Time

It wasn't until she decided to die, that Veronika found a reason to live If you had a second chance at life...what would you change? For Veronika, confronting discovering life.

based-on-novel, botched-suicide, boyfriend-girlfriend-relationship, character-name-in-title, clinical-depression, face-slap, female-masturbation, female-pianist, female-protagonist, heavy-rain, letter-of-resignation, medicine-overdose, mental-hospital, mental-patient, new-york-city, new-york-skyline, piano-playing, psychiatrist, psychiatrist-patient-relationship, schizophrenic, sex, suicide-attempt, swimming-pool, terminal-illness, thick-accent,

Technical Support
CAM:Panavision Cameras and Lenses
LAB:DeLuxe, New York (NY), USA
MET:2813 m - (Sweden)
MET:2847 m - (Portugal, 35 mm)
OFM:35 mm - (Kodak)
PCS:Digital Intermediate - (master format)
PCS:Super 35 - (source format)
PFM:35 mm - (anamorphic)
RAT:2.35 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Andrick, Virl as [Boss] <13>
  2. Applegate, Jeff as [Anti-Pundit] <14>
  3. Cowles, Matthew as [Old Fred] <16>
  4. Farrer, John as (uncredited) [Old Fisherman]
  5. Graham, Holter as [Eric Grafton] <19>
  6. Harkins, Michael as (uncredited) [Parent #1]
  7. Horton, Ward as [PR Guy] <21>
  8. Marcel, Gregory as [Coffee Boy] <25>
  9. Martinez, Adrian (I) as [Male Nurse #1] <26>
  10. Roffe, Al as [Superintendent] <28>
  11. Rudin, Stuart as [Deluded Man Patient] <29>
  12. Sardina, Rafael as [Male Nurse #2] <31>
  13. Skeist, David (I) as [Work Colleague #2] <32>
  14. Slezak, Victor as [Gabriel Durant] <7>
  15. Steinbach, Victor as [Mr. Deklava] <9>
  16. Thewlis, David as [Dr. Blake] <11>
  17. Tucker, Jonathan (I) as [Edward] <2>
  18. Zuaiter, Waleed as [Lecturer] <33>
  19. Bross, Lisette as [Work Colleague #1] <15>
  20. Christensen, Erika as [Claire] <3>
  21. Dalton, Jill as [Work Colleague #4] <17>
  22. Gellar, Sarah Michelle as [Veronika Deklava] <1>
  23. Gibson, Meg as [Pro-Pundit] <18>
  24. Gimpel, Erica (II) as [Nurse White] <6>
  25. Hart, Nicolette as [Reporter] <20>
  26. Joiner, Christy Bella as (uncredited) [Nurse]
  27. Kaye, Jessica (II) as [Bartender] <22>
  28. LaPergola, Amanda as [Shouting Patient] <23>
  29. Lawrence, Jill Marie as (as Jill M. Lawrence) [Female Nurse #1] <24>
  30. Leo, Melissa as [Mari] <10>
  31. Lozano, Florencia as [Dr. Thompson] <4>
  32. Maher, Tatiana as (uncredited) [Veronika as 6 yr old]
  33. Owen, Rena as [Nurse Josephine] <5>
  34. Ramirez, Lisa (IV) as [Female Swimming Pool Patient] <27>
  35. Santiago, Tania as [Work Colleague #3] <30>
  36. Sukowa, Barbara as [Mrs. Deklava] <8>


  1. Drama

Full Plot

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. Anonymous Plot not found

Total Business

BT: USD 9,000,000 GR: USD 170,702 (Brazil) (18 September 2009) OW: USD 90,455 (Brazil) (21 August 2009) (61 screens) OW: USD 170,742 (Poland) (2 October 2009) (55 screens) SD: 12 May 2008 - 21 June 2008 WG: USD 4,500 (Brazil) (18 September 2009) (24 screens) WG: USD 4,541 (Brazil) (11 September 2009) (22 screens) WG: USD 6,620 (Brazil) (4 September 2009) (17 screens) WG: USD 90,455 (Brazil) (21 August 2009) (61 screens) WG: USD 170,742 (Poland) (2 October 2009) (55 screens)

Movie Certificate

16 (Brazil)
R (USA)(certificate #44972)
M/16 (Portugal)
15 (South Korea)
11 (Sweden)
16 (Argentina)
M (Australia)
12 (Germany)(f)

Music Composers

  1. Gold, Murray


  1. Tierney, Seamus

Dress Designers

  1. Fleming, Frank L.


Amazing D.C. [jp] - (2010) (Japan) (DVD)
Atlantic Film [se] - (2009) (Sweden) (theatrical)
Atlantic Film [se] - (2010) (Sweden) (DVD)
Atlantic Film [se] - (2010) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
Capelight Pictures [de] - (2010) (Germany) (theatrical)
Corazón Films [mx] - (2010) (Mexico) (theatrical)
Energía Entusiasta [ar] - (2010) (Argentina) (theatrical)
Imagem Filmes [br] - (2009) (Brazil) (all media)
MEED Films [lt] - (2010) (Lithuania) (theatrical) (Baltic states)
Phase 4 Films [ca] - (2010) (USA) (video)
Umbrella Entertainment [au] - (2009) (Australia) (theatrical)
Umbrella Entertainment [au] - (2010) (Australia) (TV)
Umbrella Entertainment [au] - (2010) (Australia) (video) (VOD)
Wide Pictures [es] - (2009) (Spain) (theatrical)
Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais [pt] - (2009) (Portugal) (all media)


  1. Block, Jason (post-production accountant)
  2. Bradley, William M. (additional p.a.)
  3. Dalton, Kate (II) (adr loop artist)
  4. Dibe, Charlie (assistant production coordinator)
  5. Edsall, Christian (I) (location assistant)
  6. Feldman, Lindsay (production coordinator)
  7. Friedman, Scott (IV) (production assistant)
  8. Grossberg, Duck (data manager)
  9. Heath, Lauren (assistant production office coordinator)
  10. Hernandez, Omar (I) (production assistant)
  11. Huizinga, Liz (assistant accountant)
  12. Jackson, William (IX) (production assistant)
  13. Johnson, Phyllis (I) (adr loop group)
  14. Kindel, Amanda (assistant: producer)
  15. Lane, Sara (III) (production accountant)
  16. Lima, Rafael (I) (location manager)
  17. Logan, John Henry (production assistant)
  18. Louro, Colin (production office intern)
  19. Ludlow, Kim (script supervisor)
  20. Macready, Kristyn (assistant: ms gellar)
  21. Malbrough, Jenelle (set production assistant)
  22. Marlin, Keith (key set production assistant)
  23. Michaelson, Simon (medical advisor)
  24. Oliver, Sean (I) (adr loop group)
  25. Pasternak, Julia (production office assistant)
  26. Simon, Marc H. (legal counsel: Dreier LLP)
  27. Sullivan, Erin (VII) (assistant to director)
  28. Timoney, Bill (adr voice group) (uncredited)
  29. Varady, J.P. (office runner)
  30. Ward, Noreen (payroll accountant)
  31. Weber, Jeffrey M. (set production assistant)
  32. Weishaar, Amy L. (production assistant: background)
  33. Wiesner, Matthew H. (location assistant)
  34. Ziyadat, Melinda (paperwork production assistant)


Veronika: I wasn't myself last night. Or maybe I really was. Nothing makes any sense anymore. Dr. Blake: These days most people have replaced almost all their emotions with fear, and everyone has dreams but only a few realize them - makes cowards of the rest of us. Veronika: And more than anything I hate the zombies on the subway who have forgotten all of their dreams, or the fact that they ever had any to begin with! Veronika: I could fall in love with you right now. Edward: How do you feel? Veronika: Like I could live forever. Veronika: [first lines] Veronika: Well, let's see. After you decide that I'm depressed, or whatever, you'll put me on meds, right? Well I know hundreds of people on them and they're all doing just fine. Really. I'll go back to work on my new anti-depressants, have dinner with my parents and persuade them I'm back to being the normal one who never gives them any trouble. And one day some guy will ask me to marry him. He'll be nice enough. That'll make my parents very happy. The first year we'll make love all the time, and in the second and third less and less. But just as we're getting sick of each other, I'll get pregnant. Taking care of kids, holding onto jobs, paying mortgages, It'll keep us on an even keel for a while. Then about ten years into it he'll have an affair because I'm too busy and I'm too tired. And I'll find out. I'll threaten to kill him, his mistress... myself. We'll get past it. A few years later he'll have another one. This time I'm just going to pretend that I don't know because somehow kicking up a fuss just doesn't seem worth the trouble this time. And I'll live out the rest of my days sometimes wishing my kids could have the life that I never had. Other times secretly pleased they're turning into repeats of me. I'm fine. Really. Veronika: Hasn't anyone else noticed that everyone has gone totally insane? Why are we all so afraid to look at things as they really are? Veronika: I want people to know that I'm killing myself rather than participate in the collective madness of this world we are all living in. This is not the real world. Veronika: I have to wait that long? Veronika: I want to die on my own terms. Veronika: I hate you. Dr. Blake: Really? Tell me about it. Veronika: Fine. I hate your stupid desk. And I hate your ugly ties. And I hate your ridiculous socks. And I hate everyone locked up in this place. And I hate my parents for spending their very last penny to keep me in this zoo. God forbid they should ever, for one moment, live their own lives. Is that what they came here for? To be the fucking same as everybody else? And I hate the jerks in my office who think the money they earn makes them "the shit". And more than anything I hate the zombies on the subway who have forgotten all of their dreams or the fact that they ever had any to begin with. Dr. Blake: I have some terrifying news for you. Veronika: What could be more terrifying than this? Dr. Blake: You sound like you might be feeling better. Dr. Blake: If everyone realized their dreams, this place would be empty. Dr. Blake: I decided to test the only remedy I've come to have any faith in: Awareness of life. Dr. Blake: Until she finds out from some other doctor that she's perfectly healthy, she'll consider each day a miracle. Which in my view, it is. Claire: Learn to think as those around you think and you can pass yourself off as anything.

Other Titles

  1. Veronika beschließt zu sterben (2010) (ENG)

  2. Veronika decide di morire (2009) (ENG)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
  2. Congers, New York, USA
  3. New York City, New York, USA
  4. Yonkers, New York, USA


- 'Aidan Quinn (I)' (qv) and 'Bridget Fonda' (qv) were considered for the roles of Mari and Dr. Blake (Dr. Igor in the novel).

- 'Kate Bosworth' (qv) was originally cast as Veronika but was replaced by 'Sarah Michelle Gellar' (qv).

- SPOILER: The song that Edward sings near the end of the movie is "After Hours", written by 'Lou Reed' (qv) and originally played by 'The Velvet Underground' (qv).

- 'Gillian Anderson (I)' (qv) and 'Katherine Fugate' (qv) tried to produce a version of this movie in 2003/2004 but lost out on the bid to produce it.

- After Veronika collapses and the paramedics come in, they check her neck for a pulse - however you can see very easily that she has a very rapid pulse in her neck.

- Lindsay Lohan had signed on to play Veronika in 2006. The studios had big plans to make it her next big vehicle movie that would appeal to teenagers and be released in early 2007. However, she eventually dropped out to focus on smaller, independent projects, in hopes of establishing herself as a more serious actress. Production then stalled for over a year.