Kate is a classical pianist just diagnosed with ALS. Bec is a brash college student and would-be rock singer who can barely keep her wildly chaotic affairs, romantic and otherwise, together. Yet, when Bec takes a job assisting Kate, just as Kate's marriage to Evan hits the skids, both women come to rely on what becomes an unconventional, sometimes confrontational and fiercely honest bond. As meticulous, willful Kate begins to rub off on whirlwind, spontaneous Bec - and vice versa - both women find themselves facing down regrets, exploring new territory and expanding their ideas of who they want to be.Written by
Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum, Marcia Gay Harden and Frances Fisher had all previously worked with Clint Eastwood. Swank in "Million Dollar Baby" (2004), Rossum and Harden in "Mystic River" (2003) and Fisher in "Unforgiven" (1992). See more »
Towards the end of the movie when Kate is in the advanced stages of ALS, she is shown sitting upright in her wheelchair and speaking in a labored fashion. Patients in this condition are unable to sit upright because the muscles in their backs are no longer receiving signals from the brain. The same is true of the muscles in the throat and jaw making speech impossible. See more »
[to her professor]
Do you think God invented sex so we could bare each other's short-comings? 'Cause every time we do that I forget all the stuff I hate about you.
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Our mother does not have ALS but very similar symptoms and she can not eat orally and has no skull bone in one part of her head, but to anyone suffering or caring for a loved one with ALS or does not understand the gravity of ALS, this movie is a must see.
This movies educates people, to some extent, about ALS and its destructiveness but also the hardships of caring for an individual with a crippling disease and what you can do to help an individual through music or swimming or just trying to do normal things like go out.
Brilliant acting on the path of both Hilary Swank and Emmy Rossum.
It's been a long time since I saw a movie that has moved me, the way this one did.
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