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You’re Not You, a fight for life and the best it can offer. (Movie Review)





I have an impression that this is the American version of the French film Intouchables, almost same plot but this time they have a Women’s in the story.

After watching it last Nov 18, 2014 during the VIP Advance Screening at the Cinema 6 in SM Megamall, my impression change to a larger view and of course got a perspective of how ALS can change lives, yes the famous for a cause ALS Ice Bucket challenge that celebrities does this year.

You’re Not You stars academy award winner Hillary Swank as Kate, a beautiful wife, a pianist slowly dying because of ALS disease, her husband is played by forever charming Josh Duhamel as Evan, and Emmy Rossum as Bec, the  struggling singer and caregiver who take care of Kate.  

When Kate was slowly consume by ALS she a need help in daily activities, in doing that they hire Bec, a student and party-goer person whom Kate like it much since she was not treated as a patient. Kate found out her husband being unfaithful and ask Bec help to move out and explore what life can offer, the two girl jointly fight ALS and show there is still life after all what happen.

What’s good thing about this film is that you will not feel pity for those who have disease like ALS or other, yes you will feel blessed somehow but the execution of the story will make you realize that whatever you have in life, there are more things to come in order to survive even if it is a little chance of survival.

You’re not You teach us to fight even more to a hopeless situation, it create awareness and make us ready for what this life may bring. This not a tough drama to deal with at first but rather develop us to understand the most difficult situation we can face in life.
 
Swank as Kate in You're Not You.
Hillary gives a monumental performance in this film, from being glamorous to being sickly yet beautiful even to the part you can hardly understand what she is saying due to her condition. Of course Josh will always be a camera friendly face but his matured character will make you love him most to think he don’t have a so much exposure in this movie.  Emmy young and restless yet artistic performance is good one to note as well.

I recommend it for a rating of B, (A being the highest) since it’s a feel good movie after watching, yes it can make you cry in some scenes but what matter most is the realization after. Technically it is clean and you will love the scoring and the soundtrack.

You’re Not You opens in theater on Nov 26 nationwide (Philippines) release by Octoarts Films.
 
Bec and Kate (Rossum & Swank) in a scene from You're Not You.
Initial release: October 10, 2014 (USA)
Running time: 103 minutes`
Genre: Drama
Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel

WHAT IS ALS?
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 speaking, swallowing, 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.
Source: Wikepedia

Who is Lou Gehrig?
1.       Henry Louis "Lou" or "Buster" Gehrig was an American baseball first baseman who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees.  Using number 4 as his mark, Lou plays First baseman and pinch hitter
3.       DiedJune 2, 1941, Riverdale, New York City, New York, United States and buried in Kensico Cemetery, New York.
4.       SpouseEleanor Gehrig (m. 1933–1941)

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