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A Short Stay In Switzerland [DVD]

Julie Walters , Stephen Campbell Moore , Simon Curtis    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Julie Walters, Stephen Campbell Moore, Lyndsey Marshal, Liz White, Michelle Fairley
  • Directors: Simon Curtis
  • Producers: Liz Trubridge
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Delta Leisure Group
  • DVD Release Date: 27 July 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027DS32U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,745 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Julie Walters (Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story; Mamma Mia!) stars in A Short Stay In Switzerland for BBC One, a one-off drama inspired by the true story of Dr Anne Turner by award-winning writer Frank McGuinness. Having just witnessed the death of her husband Jack from an incurable neurological disease, Anne Turner (Julie Walters) is diagnosed with a near-identical illness. With determined rationality, Anne's answer is that once her illness has reached a critical point, she will take her own life. And she needs her children's support. But the more her son and two daughters struggle to gain consensus over their mother's desire to die, as they struggle to find another way through, the further they pull apart. From Jessica's silent recriminations to Sophie's stubborn practicality, the magnitude of the situation threatens to tear the family to pieces. Anne must also face the fury of her best friend Claire whose opposing views bring them into direct and vocal conflict. Kate Harwood, Controller, Series and Serials, BBC Drama Production, says: "One of Ireland's foremost dramatists, Frank brings a lightness of touch, dark wit and a heart-wrenching humanity to this piece inspired by Anne Turner's story about life and death, love and family." A Short Stay In Switzerland was broadcast to critical acclaim BBC1 on Sunday January 25th 2009 at 9pm.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: BBC drama written by Frank McGuinness and starring Julie Walters, inspired by the true story of Dr Anne Turner. After having recently lost her husband to a degenerative neurological disease, Anne (Julie Walters) is then herself diagnosed with a similar condition and, rather than suffering the debilitating effects of the illness, takes the decision to travel to Switzerland to end her own life when her symptoms reach a certain stage. This decison causes a great deal of upset within her family and amongst her friends, as they struggle to come to terms with Anne's determined wishes. ...A Short Stay in Switzerland

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly portrayed by Julie Walters 24 Jun 2009
Format:DVD
If you didn't see this back in January - you have to buy this DVD. A touching true story about a doctor (Julie Walters) who nurses her husband through his degenerative illness and some time later, following his death is herself diagnosed with PSP - also a degenerative illness.
She has symptoms which she initially keeps from her children, but they become worried by her mood swings and general health. She eventually tells her children that she has PSP and they are devastated by the news.
As the PSP gets worse she decides that she would rather end her own life than go through the same pain & suffering that her husband did and so she makes enquiries about a euthanasia clinic in Switzerland and then convenes a meeting with her children to tell them of her plans.

A heart wrenching true story. One of the best films I have seen in recent years.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story of family and courage 13 May 2009
Format:DVD
I watched this way back in Jan this year, and I loved it (as much as you can love a true life story such as this). Although the content of the programme is rather sad, I didn't find it sad or depressing at all. Cried my eyes out from 15 minutes in all the way to the end (and still get goose bumps now).
It shows the courageous story of one individual (and her family) and her struggle with a terminal illness.
After watching her husband deteriorate, suffer and die from an a terminal illness Dr. Anne Turner is diagnosed with PSP. We watch her battle her family and friends with the idea of wanting to take her life by euthanasia. The last scenes of this are short film are incredibly touching, and make you remember that the only things that matter in life is family!!

A story of love, courage, and family!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oustanding performance! 28 April 2009
Format:DVD
I watched this film when it was aired earlier this year. This truly is a great production, focussing on an extremely sensitive subject. Dr Anne Turner's moving story is done justice by Julie Walters & co, who approach the subject with such grace & respect, that it is difficult not to find yourself immursed. I'd highly recommend this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent dvd 21 Mar 2011
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This is a thought provoking dvd and shows why greater consideration should be given to extending human rights in the UK to those that are available in Switzerland. The right to an assisted suicide should be available in the UK.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Portrayal 6 Jun 2010
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This film depicts how the entire family was affected by such a tragic health issue, how they all reacted and gives the viewer some "food for thought" in relation to what changes could be looked into with regard to current laws regarding euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Tissues would be stringly reccommended, Julie Walters is one of the countries best actresses and portrays "Ann Turner" (the main character) brilliantly.

I would rate this film as a must see.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant viewing 19 Oct 2009
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I first saw this programme on TV and Julie Walters plays the part absolutely brilliant! It brings home as to why Euthanasia should be legal in this country. I have a terminal illness and I would follow this path too. Why make people suffer? If we were animals we would be put to sleep.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking 1 Oct 2011
By Tspirit
Format:DVD
I watched this with my daughter originally and now have watched several times to remind myself of the pain and the beauty of dying, why I became a nurse and to admire the courage that people have when facing the worst.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In one word: Outstanding! 14 Jun 2011
Format:DVD
Brilliantly acted throughout and true to the real story, this drama is nothing but outstanding and one of the best BBC drama's screened of late. A must watch regardless of whether you are pro or anti euthanasia.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A very accurate portrayal of what is regarded as a ...
A very accurate portrayal of what is regarded as a controversial subject. The part which found upsetting is when Doctor Anne Turner swallows the lethal dose of barbiturate. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Ronald Harbidge
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 18 days ago by D A WAGSTAFF
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very moving
Published 1 month ago by samantha
4.0 out of 5 stars A brave and thought provoking film
Julie Walters plays Dr Anne Turner who has watched her own husband fade away through a dreadful degenerative illness. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Camilla Macaulay
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving
This is an excellent film to show the caring system for a Health and socila care group or just a nice movie to watch. Ge tthe tissues on standby....you'll need them.
Published 5 months ago by Alison
5.0 out of 5 stars Julie Walters Is Exceptional
Anything that Julie Walters does is brilliant. This is also a very good piece of drama. Very sad storyline too.
Published 5 months ago by frodo2010
4.0 out of 5 stars great training tool
have used this as a training tool and it is just brillant - Julie Walters is excellent and is to be commended for her clear understanding of the issues involved
Published 6 months ago by D. O'Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars great
this is very moving - I bought it to show my GCSE class to give them a better idea about euthanasia
Published 7 months ago by dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thought provoking
What a film this was,i saw it on television and was in tears,What an awful situation to be in,it certainly makes you think and realise how lucky you are.
Published 14 months ago by takethatfan
3.0 out of 5 stars Depressing and remorseless
I first saw this television film in RE at school while we were studying euthanasia. We didn't have time to watch the entire film, so I watched it again today. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Darren M
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