Veronika Decides to Die (film)

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Veronika Decides to Die
Directed by Emily Young
Produced by Sriram Das
Written by Paulo Coelho (book)
Larry Gross
Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar
Jonathan Tucker
Erika Christensen
with Melissa Leo
and David Thewlis
Narrated by Sarah Michelle Gellar
Music by Murray Gold[1]
Distributed by First Look International[2]
Release dates
  • August 21, 2009 (2009-08-21) (Brazil)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $9,000,000[3]
Box office $1,369,647 (foreign)[4]

Veronika Decides to Die is a 2009 drama film directed by Emily Young and starring Sarah Michelle Gellar,[5] Jonathan Tucker,[6] Melissa Leo, David Thewlis and Erika Christensen,[7] adapted from the novel of the same name by Paulo Coelho.

The setting of the movie is New York instead of the original location of the novel in Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Veronika (Sarah Michelle Gellar) wakes up in a mental institution after a failed suicide attempt. She discovers that as a result of the overdose she took, she has a weakened heart and has only a matter of weeks to live. The film follows her journey as she finds true love and a newfound appreciation of life. Throughout the film, she changes her opinion of death and finds some joy in life.



Filming of the movie began on May 12, 2008 in New York City and wrapped on June 21. The novel was adapted for film by Muse Productions, Das Films, and Velvet Steamroller Entertainment.[8] It was reported that Kate Bosworth was previously attached to the project.[9]


Key scenes of the film use piano pieces The Recital in the Night by Murray Gold (from the Piano Set collection) and Comptine d'un autre été - L'après-midi by Yann Tiersen.


The film had a special screening in Brazil on August 7, 2009 and was followed by an August 21 release. On its opening weekend, it grossed US$32 490,455 with 61 screens.[10] The film was released in Poland on October 2, 2009,[11] in Sweden on October 30, 2009,[12] and in South Korea on November 19, 2009.[13] It was released in Argentina on July 1, 2010, in Austria on November 18, 2010, in Germany on September 30, 2010, in Lithuania on April 23, 2010, and in Mexico on September 10, 2010.[4]
In Australia, it was released on a region free PAL DVD.

It was never officially released in the US or UK. .[14]

The film will be released in select theaters & VOD January 20, 2015 in the USA and DVD on March 17th , 2015


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