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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and real, December 10, 2012
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This is one of the most emotional movies I have seen. Despite the theme it's not cliche and it's not as heavily romantic as you would think just by looking at the trailer or the DVD cover art. It focuses rightfully so on the main character's (Tessa) emotions at dealing with her death. As she comes closer and closer to her end her emotions start to flow closer to the surface and so do yours. There are some strong scenes dealing with her illness, one that stands out the most is a scene where Tessa has a nose bleed.

The acting is magnificent. Beginning with Dakota Fanning who just keeps getting better and better (her accent was practically flawless), I can't wait to see her in more adult, powerful, and challenging roles because she likes challenges and she always exceeds them. Paddy Considine as Dad, and Olivia Williams as Mom are amazing in their roles. As Tessa puts it, "one of you is this cancer obsessive and the other one can't even face showing up at the hospital."

Highly recommendable, especially if you are a fan of Dakota. How could you not be?
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Initial post: Jan 2, 2013 9:07:28 PM PST
M. McGuire says:
Very nice review and, yes, I'm a huge Dakota fan.

I'm really looking forward to this movie. We haven't seen a movie with Dakota in a lead role since "The Runaways" in March 2010 -- a long period of Dakota deprivation -- too long. The director said that he wasn't trying to -- and didn't want to -- make the movie "sentimental"; he just wanted to tell the truth. Some critics think otherwise, so it'll be interesting to see how this works out. If telling the truth makes for an emotional movie, then so be it; besides, why would one want to see an unemotional movie?

Dakota is a great actress. She's a master at the presentation of a unique persona for each movie -- none of them the real Dakota. She doesn't just repeat a trademark film persona over and over again -- in this respect she's like Meryl Streep. (My favorite performance is still as Lewellen in "Hounddog.") Of the 3 movies she made in 2011, the one I'm most looking forward to is "Effie" (I read the bio). This was a challenge in that she had to play Effie in the age range, at least, of 20 - 25 or 26. This is great opportunity to transition to fully adult roles and do it with a screenplay by Emma Thompson. The best Dakota movie yet?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013 4:33:59 PM PST
K. Gorra says:
Yes, it feels like forever since we saw Dakota in a lead role but if all goes well we will have a Dakota overdoes next year, that is most definitely not a bad thing. I'm looking forward to Very Good Girls (co-staring the wonderful Elizabeth Olsen) and Effie, the latter I believe will be another career defining role for her.
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