A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.
Richard E. Grant
In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.
Alice Howland is a renowned linguistics professor happily married with three grown children. All that begins to change when she strangely starts to forget words and then more. When her doctor diagnoses her with Early-onset Alzheimer's Disease, Alice and her family's lives face a harrowing challenge as this terminal degenerative neurological ailment slowly progresses to an inevitable conclusion they all dread. Along the way, Alice struggles to not only to fight the inner decay, but to make the most of her remaining time to find the love and peace to make simply living worthwhile. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
In Hollywood, medical conditions that are devastating in real life are magically transformed into episodes that the leading characters meet with stout resolve, a positive attitude, and a quite, sanitized unseen ending. So it is with this movie.
The main character is diagnosed early in the movie with early-onset Alzheimer's. The rest of the movie is about her gradual decline and her family's reaction to it. There are some interesting possibilities in the plot, such as the pull of the husband's career and the developments of one daughter's career, but they are not developed well and simply look shallow and contrived. The movie ends about where Alzheimer's would become a real strain on the family, but as always with a Hollywood depiction, the tragedy that is to follow is hidden. Real Alzhimer's patients forget who their families are, scream mindlessly about nothing in particular, foul themselves, cannot feed themselves. The bodies are there but the minds are not. The person that once was is gone, but the outward shell is there reminding us what once was and playing havoc with our emotions. Only a sanitized hint of all that is present in this movie.
The dialog is mostly predictable, sometimes overdone and sermonizing. The characters are all shallow, even the main character.
The intention is good. The acting is excellent. The overall execution is weak. Not worth the time unless you enjoy seeing good talent wasted on a weak script.
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