Monday, November 24, 2014

My 'You're Not You' Movie Experience

When a fellow blogger invite me to watch 'You're Not You' movie, 'Parang gusto ko pang tumanggi', I was thinking this is another love story. But when she told me it's about ALS disease it perk me up.

What is ALS?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease, and rarely Charcot disease—is a neurodegenerative disorder with 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.

I may not have this disease but I have a rare disease which is somewhat the same symptoms with ALS. As I watch this movie I can truly relate how Kate (Hilary Swank) suffer. The frustration of not moving or doing things I usually does. Felling depress what would happened in the near future? Thinking if I could survived and be cured? Having this disease is a burden for people around me. Starting with my family and circle of friends. 

The Movie
This movie is not just for lovers but for the whole family. So they could clearly understand ALS is not just a physical pain for the patient but also an emotional pain for the whole family.

The title 'You're Not You' for me is all about the characters Kate (Hilary Swank) and Bec (Emmy Rossum),  how they change when Kate has disease. 

Kate - a suave, successful classical pianist diagnosed with ALS. 
Bec - a college student - applies for the job despite her lack of experience. 

Then Kate sees something special in Bec and wants to have her as her caregiver to help her with everyday things like taking a shower. Kate and Bec help each other to live their lives and find their way in the world.  The story explores how two strangers can bring out the best in each other.

Director: George C. Wolfe
Running time: 103 minutes`
Producer: Hilary Swank
Genre: Drama
Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel