While leaving the screening of this film I heard a mother speaking to her daughter who were ahead of me saying "I think I’ll choose the next film!" How good is it? Well it's not the classic film of the 70s called "Love Story" however it isn't bad, let me start from the beginning eh...
Tessa (Dakota Fanning) is seventeen and passionate about life. She then gets diagnosed with terminal cancer and decides to live for every moment, compiling a "Bucket List" of what she believes every normal teenager would experience while being young, including losing her virginity and taking drugs.
With the help of her friend Zoey (Kaya Scodelario), she sets the list in motion.
Mum (Olivia Williams) and Dad (Paddy Considine) live apart and have very different ways of coping with their respective fear and grief.
While her parents are paralysed with the fear of the unknown, Tessa continues on her age of discovery which includes falling in love with Adam (Jeremy Irvine), her new neighbour, which wasn't on the list, but it proves to be the most fulfilling experience of them all.
In one scene Dad forbids the boyfriend from staying over in the same room as Tessa however Tessa has other ideas. Dad realises that his only girl has defied him. He (Dad) tells her his reservations; which are that her new boyfriend doesn't know enough about her condition which is rapidly worsening, plus the fact that he is so young, he will ultimately let her down when she needs him most at which she replies "if he does, I'll always have you!" (Somebody get me a tissue).
I'm reviewing this film for many reasons. The main ones are I think it's worth watching based on the subject matter of death which in the West is taboo. No Parent wants to bury their child/children, and no child wants to bury their parents.
Also while watching this film it made me remember a story of a young girl who was about the same age with the same illness who also compiled a bucket list and one of her actions on her list was to get a tattoo. Her parents didn't want her to have one so refused to take her there at which she informed them that if they wouldn't drive her there she would take a taxi.
They relented and soon after she passed away. The funeral service was also organised by her before she passed and what she wanted was her family and friends to all go to the service wearing t-shirts with the words of the tattoo on it. Suffice to say her slogan "One Life, Live it" has ensured that we will never forget her and her tattoo.
Bruce Lee once said that "The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering. The bravery of "The girl with The Slogan Tattoo" will live forever...
People, an average fly lifespan is a day, as humans, we are almost immortal in comparison. Don't wait for a doctor to tell you that the clock is running down before you take your "immortality" seriously.
Start living today and never stop, thus giving people an opportunity to never forget you...
"what's the 411?"
you know it makes sense........
Article by @gmanzen / 25th September 2012
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