Veronika Decides to Die (film)

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Veronika Decides to Die
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Directed by Emily Young
Produced by Sriram Das
Written by Paulo Coelho (book)
Larry Gross
Based on Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar
Jonathan Tucker
Erika Christensen
Melissa Leo
David Thewlis
Narrated by Sarah Michelle Gellar
Music by Murray Gold[1]
Distributed by First Look International[2] Entertainment One Films[3]
Release dates
  • August 21, 2009 (2009-08-21) (Brazil)
  • January 20, 2015 (2015-01-20) (United States)
Country United States
Language English
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.


After attempting suicide, Veronika (Sarah Michelle Gellar) awakens 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.



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$90,455 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 UK.[14]

The film was released in select theaters and VOD on January 20, 2015 in the USA and DVD on March 17, 2015.

The film received positive reviews upon release, particularly for Gellar's performance.[15]

To promote the release, a scene was shown on "The Hollywood Reporter" website in January 2015. (

In 2015, the film became available to view on the Netflix streaming service.


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