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Sarah (Edmonds) returns from New York to her home in Scotland to die of a brain tumour, and spend what little time she has left with her childhood sweetheart Sam (Butler), who has now married. Despite breaking his heart seven years earlier Sam agrees to help her with her "To Do" list, and do all the things she'd always wanted or intended to do e.g. skydiving, flying a kite etc.
This film is really about the psychological effects of living with a death sentence. How it affects the person going to die and how the others around them face up to their lives and their own mortality. It makes them take stock of the people they have become, the missed opportunities, and what is really important in their lives.
It could so easily have turned into a maukish and sickly pastiche, but instead it is a very refreshing and, dare I say, life-altering look at death. There are some very dark, comic moments, which are beautifully played out (most notably the "Funeral Arrangements" section) and leave you emotionally split between laughing and crying.
It's a well thought out, wonderfully presented film which will make you take stock of who you are, what you want and what the heck you're doing with your life.
As the saying goes "Life is not a dress rehearsal". Let's make the most of what time we do have.
I started making my "To Do" list as soon as it finished.
One of Sarah's messages to her loved ones is from Dylan Thomas:
'Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.'
Superb - only fails to get 5 stars because I can't stand soft focus photography...........
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