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Now is Good

Now is Good is a film adaptation of Jenny Downham’s Before I Die, a beautiful exposition of a 17-year-old girl’s bucket list before she dies of terminal leukaemia.
I love the book, I really do.

I won tickets on the Eason Book Club Facebook, for which I’m very grateful, to see Now is Good in the new Odeon in the Point Village.

So here I am, reviewing the film!

The Good: The book is excellent. The film is also excellent. It’s a gorgeous film about a young girl who’s trying to cram as much as possible into the rest of her life. It’s moving and emotional without being schmaltzy or too maudlin. Dakota Fanning really shows a range of emotions, from the rebellious teenager to the devastated cancer sufferer. Her parents are polar opposites, both struggling to deal with the reality of her illness, but both incredibly well-portrayed. I think my favourite character was her little brother, who came out with some absolutely stellar lines.
And, of course, Adam, the love interest, was portrayed very well. I really believed their relationship. Plus, he was beautiful, which never hurts.

The Bad: I found Tessa’s accent really jarring, especially for the first half of the film. As we got further in, and I got more invested, I forgot about it, though.
I also missed a few inclusions of side stories, but that always happens when using books as source material – there’s just more space for exposition.
I also was a little confused by the ending of the film, but perhaps that’s because I’m a little dim. There were scenes which I wasn’t sure were real or imagined, and this isn’t Inception we’re talking about, so I found it a little jarring.
It was a small thing, though.

The Ugly: Four out of Five.
Beautiful film. Well worth seeing, it was gorgeous and I was nothing but a bawling mess for the last fifteen minutes.
However, that might to be due to my overactive tear ducts. Sinéad managed to get through it dry-eyed. But then, she has no heart, so make of that what you will

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Suicide Prevention Day

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day.

I know it seems trite, if you’re struggling, to hear platitudes like ‘Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem’ and ‘talking is a sign of strength, not weakness’.

I’ve been there. I’ve hated the people spouting those phrases. I’ve contemplated, but never attempted, that final act.

But these phrases are true. Suicide is permanent, irreversible and irrevocably damaging.

Three thousand people die by suicide every day.

For every one completed suicide, there may be 20 or more attempts. Do you know how often that is?

That’s forty attempts per minute and a death every half a minute.

84% of suicides in Ireland two years ago were males.

Talk to someone about it.

Talk to anyone about it. Talk to your dog, to your cat, to a counsellor, to a friend, a professional, a fish, anybody.

Don’t keep it bottled up inside. There’s always help out there, you are never alone.

No man is an island, and there is never a reason to let go of something so precious.

Feeling suicidal is not your fault.

Looking for help is not weakness.

Talking is so, so important.

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If you are feeling suicidal, depressed, or down, or just want to talk, please reach out. Talk to a friend, a family member, a counsellor, a doctor, a professional. Talk to someone.
Samaritans: http://samaritans.org, jo@samaritans.org
Dublin Samaritans: http://dublinsamaritans.ie, 01 872 7700
Pieta House: http://pieta.ie, mary@pieta.ie, 01 601 0000
Please Talk: http://pleasetalk.ie
Reach Out: http://ie.reachout.com

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