This could have been just another movie that tries to make you cry, however outstanding performances by Hillary Swank and Emmy Rossum made this movie credible and compelling. By keeping it real and honest, the movie has an authentic feel without trying too hard, which I really appreciate. Nevertheless, I gave it four stars just because the plot is hardly original.
Lots and lots of crying. Hilary and Emmy were really great. Bon Iver as soundtrack was really a plus. And, of course, a bit more of crying. A good example on how people around us tend to treat us differently when we're not okay. Also, a good example on how there are simple things we can help each other with and how we should give attention to that more often.
Not exactly perfect in terms of characters' arc or narrative but, from an ALS patient perspective, this film nails a lot of the psychological intricacies of being a dying person in constant loss. The way it changes our understanding of ourselves and our connections with others, the way the whole meaning of life is distorted and relativized. I like this film for letting that be so clear. Swank and Rossum excel too.
The two main characters are so relatable. Isn't it offensive that it is rated R, why can't people love one another without an implied sexual undertone? ANyone that would rate it R is misunderstanding the film.