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A Long Way Down (2014)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  21 March 2014 (UK)
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Four people meet on New Year's Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives.

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Four people meet on New Year's Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives.

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Johnny Depp bought the movie rights before the book's initial release. See more »

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The suicide pact made between the characters is established for period New Year's Eve - St Valentine's Day. When Martin and Jess meet her father opposite the Houses of Parliament, the clock on the tower of Big Ben shows 4.40pm. At that time of year it would already be dark but it is bright and sunny. See more »


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by Maurice Gibb/Robin Gibb/Barry Gibb (as Gibb/Gibb/Gibb)
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The bright side of gloom
22 April 2014 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

A comedy about 4 people who are suicidal, sounds like an oxymoron doesn't it? Well, this is the issue dealt in this light hearted comedy & drama.

It was a New Year's Eve at the top of a building, the ideal suicide spot that these four individuals encountered one another. Somehow their presence provided a barrier to their urge and since they survived that night, they kept in touch and tried to encourage one another...in life.

The makers of this film must have faced a challenge in how to deal with a dramatic issue (suicide) but convey it in a semi comical tone without appearing to ridicule such a serious issue.

Thus, through the chance encounter our characters realised slowly that they have something to live for and that beauty can be found in purpose and togetherness and in that problems can be faced rather than avoided taking the easy way out.

Whilst I stand by my 'light-hearted' remark earlier, this is not to say that it is shallow. It deals with a very sombre matter but even such matters can be approached from a humorous angle.


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