I am a long-time Gellar fan and it's been an interesting journey for her since Buffy ended. Though some of her films are hardly worth recommending (The Return, The Air I Breathe), she has always acted well in everything she does. This fascinating adaptation is her finest work to date, and luckily the film itself is very good too. She has great support in the likes of Thewlis, Tucker and Leo and Emily Young provides sensitive direction for a very downbeat story. And yet if you stick with this film, which is a slow-burning one, you will find Veronika Decides to Die very surprising and genuinely uplifting.
Gellar's character is someone so weighed down, so filled with emptiness that she is desperate to leave this world. And then in her failed suicide attempt, she is told she has a very short time to live due to a heart condition. Veronika is forced to re-evaluate her life and what it means to her, and out of that she forms a bond with a fellow patient. I won't give away too much - this is a film to be discovered rather than spelled out for the viewer.
For drama lovers who are willing to invest in something a little unusual, this is a gem.