Nothing about cancer is pretty. That’s a pretty universal statement if you, or anyone you know has had it. But it seems to be a common theme in movies in the past few years. As more people can relate to watching a loved one experience what cancer can do to a family and a person – it seems to be hitting the screen more often. And in the new Gravitas Ventures film being released by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Our Friend, the story is heart wrenching and true.
Based on the his award winning article – The Friend, by Matt Teague, Our Friend tells the real life story of his wife’s battle with cancer, and how it reshaped their lives and family. The film, much like the article also focuses on their friend Dane, the glue their family didn’t know it needed to hold together.
While the story of Nicole’s cancer and decline is heart breaking, there are times that it seems that the movie’s slow pace is almost too slow. Often it flips back and forth in time and while it does tell you where you are in the story – it is sometimes hard to keep track. There are several parts that are actually heart wrenching and will bring tears to your eyes.
Despite the somber topic, the movie is definitely a tribute to both Nicole and Dane and the love the family has. It’s a story that even though it’s still very recent, they chose to share in print and to the big screen. But it is one that will resonate with anyone who has had cancer touch their lives.
Our Friend is in Theaters and at Home on Demand on January 22, 2021
About Our Friend:
OUR FRIEND tells the inspiring and extraordinary true story of the Teague family—journalist Matt (Casey Affleck), his vibrant wife Nicole (Dakota Johnson) and their two young daughters—and how their lives are upended by Nicole’s heartbreaking diagnosis of terminal cancer. As Matt’s responsibilities as caretaker and parent become increasingly overwhelming, the couple’s best friend Dane Faucheux (Jason Segel) offers to come and help out. As Dane puts his life on hold to stay with his friends, the impact of this life altering decision proves greater and more profound than anyone could have imagined.