Five Feet Apart, are you in?
YES! I am very in!! Okay so after seeing the new movie , 5 Feet Apart here in Sydney, I am finally ready to share my thoughts on it with you all.
Okay so yes, this is a serious chick-flick!👭 It's all your favourite types of cheese 🧀, and in all honesty, some of the quotes made me cringe! But that's the making of a good hopelessly romantic chick flick right?🤗💑
It's totes emosh💔, even if you haven't a notion what the hell the life of a CFer involves, or if your heart is as cold as Donald J. Trump's!, you will certainly shed a tear or ten!!😭🤧 (If not, Yes I will judge you!!, and advise you to turn to politics).😝
Most importantly, it's accurate. It portrays the life of a person with CF so well, especially hospital life🤒🏥. That repetitive routine that you drag your ass up for every morning despite the little sleep you've had😴 because you've been up coughing all night! That longing to just hang out with someone across the corridor so you can really get to know them and share your worries and loneliness. I've had the wonderful privilege of befriending so many inspiring people with CF on Instagram 💜🌟since I've made my Instagram account (@holdontoyourkite_irl ), and my God I cannot tell you how many times I've thought, "Man I'd love to meet this person for coffee", but I can't.
Yes there are so many serious things that people with life threatening illnesses have to worry about (e.g. health insurance and financial strains which is also addressed in the movie💵 👌🏼), than 'just' meeting up with someone who can relate to their situation, but for me, particularly in my teens, I struggled with this isolation so much that it in turn affected my physical health👎🏼. Not to mention the isolated feeling of missing out on events with family and friend's because your either on the flat of your back in hospital, or you simply just don't have the energy. So I'm so glad that this is highlighted in the movie.
I was also thrilled to hear in the opening scene affects CFers, i.e., addressing the common misconception of It curing CF 👌🏼
It was also pretty special for me on a personal level to see the relationship between Stella (main female character) and her mother. There’s a particular scene that really hit home for me of the two of them just laughing and making light hearted jokes of Stella's situation, just to try and get through it all. VERY relatable!!
So yes, it’s commercial and it’s cheesy, so go in to the cinema with an open mind, remembering that it’s the first motion picture that explains what this f-ing disease does to us sufferers and our families.
This movie has people around the globe talking about Cystic Fibrosis so that for me, gives it a rating of 5 Stars! But don’t take my word for it, get your butts to the flicks! 😉👌🏼
Aoife Rafter, PWCF