Adapted from a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson. Vivian Bearing is a college professor who teaches a tough course in English poetry. She learns she has Stage IV ovarian cancer and her doctor recommends a very potent chemotherapy treatment at high doses. When she becomes a patient, she learns she is just a body without feelings or emotions.
This is a tough movie, Vivian loses her hair quickly and the treatment takes a heavy toll physically and emotionally. It’s difficult to watch such intense suffering but terrific acting. 4* (I really liked this movie)
99min, Drama directed by Mike Nichols with Emma Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Atkins, Audra McDonald, Harold Pinter, Jonathan M. Woodward.
Note: Blockbuster 4*, imdb 8.0 out of 10, 80% critic 88% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.
Special Note: I waited a long time before watching this film, 12 years. I thought the subject would make difficult viewing but this is very worth watching.