A renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.

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Dr. Harvey Kelekian
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Evelyn 'E.M.' Ashford
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Susie Monahan
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Dr. Jason Posner
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Mr. Bearing (Vivian's Father)
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Based on the Margaret Edson play, Vivian Bearing is a literal, hardnosed English professor who has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. During the story, she reflects on her reactions to the cycle the cancer takes, the treatments, and significant events in her life. The people that watch over her are Jason Posner, who only finds faith in being a doctor; Susie Monahan, a nurse with a human side that is the only one in the hospital that cares for Vivian's condition; and Dr. Kelekian, the head doctor who just wants results no matter what they are. Written by Pat McCurry <laraspal00@aol.com>

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It appears to be a matter of life and death.

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic material | See all certifications »

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The film is often shown at medical colleges as an example of how doctors and researchers should not behave. See more »

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During her exam with the young internist, her arms alternate repeatedly from being completely under the sheet, to being folded together on top of the sheet. See more »

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E.M. Ashford: And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.
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Featured in The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2002) See more »

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Serenade Adagio
String Quartet #15 (2nd Movement)
Written by Dmitri Shostakovich (as Dimitri Shostakovitch)
Performed by The Manhattan String Quartet
Courtesy of Ess.a.y Recordings
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Fantastic! Emma Thompson is Fantastic in this role.
3 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although a sad movie with a sad ending it is absolutely wonderfully fascinating. It holds you glued to you your seat the entire time. For those who are critical, they just do't appreciate Mike Nichols and Emma Thompson's brilliance and are too affected by the subject of facing death. It is a pity that this was a telefilm. Has it been a theatrical release, it would easily have earned Emma Thompson an Oscar.

I thought that Gorecki's 3rd Symphony in the background was a brilliant touch. Christopher Lloyd as the doctor was excellent. Emma's Teacher reading Runaway Bunny at the end was touching and meaningful. Although some people might see this movie as a downer, it is an honest and important work dealing with life, goals, cancer, relationships, . . See it.


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