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When Joan Weldon discovers she is dying of lung cancer, she sets out to reconcile her dysfunctional relationships with her three children, her husband, and along the way, her former best friend. The family's destructive ways are offset by messy and somewhat humorous attempts by Joan to set her children on the right course before she dies. In this big dysfunctional mix, they will all learn to connect in their own ways, and realize on their own terms what life is about. Written by
Funny and tragic, brilliantly composed by Kathleen J. Kiley
The juxtaposition of humor and tragedy shoots right at the heart, leaving viewers laughing, weeping, and contemplating their own lives. Kathy Kiley's brilliantly funny, touching screenplay is felt in every scene. Her deep knowledge of the human predicament and her ability to articulate it with wisdom and humor make for a poignant piece that all can relate to. What is especially wonderful and unique is the way that Kiley's story blends Buddhist philosophy with alcoholic dysfunction, and somehow makes it work! Watching the protagonist's journey from fear and inertia, through family relationships and old baggage, and on to a new-found vision of life is moving, inspiring, and a lot of fun. The actors seem to have a real grasp on their characters, and that is nice to watch as well; it is as though the actors are learning about themselves as they play out the screenplay. Just a profoundly human, messy, sweet and illuminating story that all must see.
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