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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Miss You Already (2015)

This was hard going for me, based mostly on content.  Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette play childhood best friends who have maintained that friendship well into their adult lives.  They share literally everything up to a point, when Collette gets married and has children and in some ways becomes the dominant force in the friendship.  But Barrymore is there for her every step of the way, and then it all goes very wrong.  Instead of being the golden girl, Collette develops breast cancer, and she has a rocky course of chemo, followed by a double mastectomy (which I think is portrayed as both disfiguring and surgically complicated, so not candy coating that part), and then by relapse and ultimately she dies of her disease.  The emotional pain of this is very raw and seems quite real to me, as a person who is experiencing some of it both physically and emotionally.  So a very tearful movie for me, but well done.

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