Movie Review: You’re not You (VIP Screening)

Where do I begin? A lot of thoughts are swarming all over my head right now. 🙂 With all the events that had transpired this week from my tour with the Indonesian Medical Directors, to my Movie Invite to this eye opening film You’re not You to meeting the gorgeous contenders for the Ms. Earth 2014 pageant. Awesome adventures again for me this week!! 😀 I get so giddy and excited once again as another week fast approaches! 🙂 Time really does pass by too fast when you’re having fun.

So let get the ball rolling and get started to one of the events that definitely struck a chord in my heartstrings and made me tear up during the course of the almost two hour movie. Ever heard of the viral Ice Bucket Challenge? Well then, this is where it all originated. Warning: Be prepared with your tissue box because your tears will definitely well up along the course of this heart wrenching and touching movie.

Since I love watching movies and making reviews about it. Here’s a trailer of the movie.

In this movie,  Hilary Swank’s portrayal of Kate, a gifted concert pianist with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is so effective and persuasive that once you’re engaged by her gut wrenching ordeal, you mostly forgive the movie’s emotional manipulation.

As everyone surely must know, thanks to the widely publicized ice bucket challenge to raise money for A.L.S. research, this progressive ailment most popularly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease  very much affects nerve cells in the brain that control voluntary muscle movement. As their condition worsens, patients have increasing difficulty walking, talking and breathing. Many die from respiratory failure.

At first, I didn’t know what to expect from this movie since it portrays such a perfect couple in the form of Hilary Swank and her highly successful and ambitious well made husband played by Josh Duhamel who made the ladies in the cinema swoon with his boyish charms and innate stellar good looks. 😀 Definitely a big plus to keeping my interest along the course of the film. 🙂

As the film and the disease progresses, our protagonist Swank’s life is altered in more ways than one. Even her seemingly perfect marital union is affected by an illicit concubinage with his secretary due to feelings of disconnection with his spouse. The film was very effective also in portraying how the disease not only affects her ADL or Activities of Daily Living but also the issues that she slowly has to deal with such as the loss of people who important to her life like her friends, family  and the love of her life.

You can see yourself being one with the characters as you are swiftly transported to the excruciating physical and emotional suffering from the characters point of view. I was moved to tears while watching this movie and it definitely made me appreciate life more. Treasure your loved ones everyday and your life because we only have one life to live and these moments that go by will never come back again. Live your life to the fullest because life is too short to be lived full of regrets and what if’s. 🙂

To get a general glimpse of the disease process and what it entails. I added in here in this post a few details on this much talked about infirmity.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and rarely Charcot disease—is a neurodegenerative disorderwith various causes. The term motor neurone disease (MND) is sometimes used interchangeably with ALS while others use it to refer to a group of similar conditions that include ALS.  ALS is characterised by muscle spasticity, rapidly progressive weakness due to muscle wasting. This results in difficulty speakingswallowing, and breathing. The disease usually starts around the age of 60, except in cases that are directly inherited when the usual age of onset is around 50.

About 5 to 10% of cases are directly inherited from a person’s parents.  ALS is the most common of the five types of motor neuron disease.

The average survival from onset to death is three to four years.  Only 4% survive longer than 10 years, although rare cases survive 50 years or more. Most die from respiratory failure. In much of the world rates of ALS are unknown.  In Europe the disease affects about 2.2 people per 100,000 per year. In the United States, more than 5,600 are diagnosed every year, and up to 30,000 Americans are currently affected. ALS is responsible for 2 deaths per 100,000 people per year.

Descriptions of the disease date back to at least 1824 by Charles Bell. In 1869 the connection between the symptoms and the underlying neurological problems were first described by Jean-Martin Charcot who in 1874 began using the term amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.  It became well known in the United States when it affected a famous baseball player by the name of Lou Gehrig,  and later when the ice bucket challenge became popular in 2014.

Initial release: October 10, 2014 (USA)

Director: George C. Wolfe

Running time: 103 minutes`

Producer: Hilary Swank

Genre: Drama

Cast: Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel

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