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Mel has been laid off from her office job due to downsizing, then when she goes to meet her boyfriend and tell him the bad news, he tells her that he needs his space because she's suffocating him and leaves her. And what better way to end a crappy day by being told by your doctor that you are going to die from cancer and you have two months to live.
For Mel, having been diagnosed with inoperable cancer in her throat and losing everything in her life, she contemplates ending her life but manages to see an ad about a loft being rented out for a very short time.
Mel, decides that if she's going to die, she's going to enjoy her last weeks by doing the things that she dreams of.
She rents the pretty spacious and beautiful loft, ditches all her clothing (thus living in the loft naked) and with her three credit cards, starts going on a spending rampage. Ordering a Vera Wang mattress, ordering a genuine leather couch, and so many designer vases, lamps and clothing. She also decides to change her eating habits by straying away from her vegan life and eating whatever she wants, including expensive meals and putting it all on her credit card.
But each time she sleeps, in her dreams we see how Mel, as a young girl has always desired a red electric guitar. As a child that is passionate about music, her parents never could buy her an electric guitar but she feels that why not do it now. So, she buys top notch amps, speakers and a classic electric guitar and learns to play it.Read more ›
Melody Wilder (Saffron Burrows) is a woman who had just discovered that she only has two months to live--she has been diagnosed with throat cancer. To make things worse, she had just been laid off from her job and before she can confide with her boyfriend about her affliction, he breaks up with her. So what does Melody do? She cleans out her existing bank accounts, and rents a short term loft. Without any fears and inhibitions, Melody makes a carefree life for her last days--maxing out her credit cards, walks around stark naked in her loft, abandons her healthy diet, indulges in exploratory sexual experiences, until finally she learns to play a guitar.
Delving into the mind of a cancer victim is a very interesting premise, think "Last Holiday" and "the Bucket List" but on a much smaller timeline. However, the film does have quite a number of weaknesses. The script feels to display a some of overload of the bleak things that can happen to one person. I mean, it is possible for all these things to happen, but I think it leaned too much on the cruelty of the world, and it feels a little heavy-handed. The direction by Amy Redford does get its message across; it is a forceful approach enough, but it just feels too much of an exhibition that just grabs the viewer, that some may have a slight suspension of disbelief and a leap beyond logic.Read more ›
Melody Wilder (Burrows) experiences what has to be trifecta of life altering events, all within one morning. First her doctor (played by Janeane Garofalo) informs her that her "feeling crappy" is due to laryngeal cancer, and that she has at best two months to live. Next, she dazedly reports to her job in a Dilbertarian cubicle silo only to discover that she's being laid off. Turning to her boyfriend for support, he informs her that they need to break up as he feels "smothered." You can be excused for thinking at this point that you're in for yet another free spending "max out the credit cards spending spree" kind of story. Okay... well that's "kind" of what happens, but somehow things progress differently from most "I may as well enjoy my final days" thrill rides.
Mel leaves her basement apartment (and everything in it) for a huge loft bereft of anything other than a basic kitchen and chucks what little she has out the window. At this point, a conventional cineplex movie would feature a scene of gratuitous nudity with an overbearing musical score as Mel moves/dances her way through the cavernous empty space. But to the disappointment of adolescent males everywhere, it's nothing like that. Naked Mel basically retreats into a fetal position (all the more odd given the overall size of the loft) and just waits.Read more ›
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Bought this for Saffron Burrows, as I saw her in Deep Blue Sea. She looks good in this one too. Nice story.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Oh, seriously one of my all-time favorite movies! What do you DO when you're told that you're terminally ill?Published 1 month ago by Cindy Reynolds
This was almost perfect film. The lead woman and lovers were great. This is art in film which U.S. movies do not understand.Published 3 months ago by JEFFREY WILLIAMS
What a great movie! Saffron Burrows did a fabulous job in this movie. Very inspiring.Published 17 months ago by Cuppa Joe