A movie which talks about the power to overcome your condition, to love, to forgive. But this is amplified, especially when everything is questioned, haunted by an incurable disease.

Love is healing everything – this is the motto of the film, it is love which helps Madeline, a girl of only 17 years, to see the world differently.

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Madeline Whittier, has a rare illness that makes her stay inside her home for the rest of her life. Her entire world is limited by her books, her mother and Carla (her nurse). Everything changes when a family moves near her. Olly Bright is Maddy’s new neighbour. They will come to know each other through emails and messages, having only the virtual environment to communicate. The more they communicate, the more they fall in love. Olly starts to make Maddy realize that she is not really alive and that the world is not about staying in a golden cage.

The film is based on the book with the same name, written by Nicola Yoon.

 

Funny things – what’s different in the book vs. the movie?

 

  1. Olly’s life at home has a more important role in the book than in the film. The book goes deeper into Olly’s life and his person.
  2. In the film, Maddy’s mom says Olly needs a haircut – her hair is medium-sized. In the book, Olly has almost no hair on her head.
  3. There is a movie scene in which the astronaut sits on a bar stool at a meeting which Maddy creates. This scene is a reference to the famous 1942 “Nighthawks” by American artist Edward Hopper.
  4. In the movie, Olly has brown eyes. In the book, Olly’s eyes are of an ocean blue color and an olive skin.
  5. When Olly and Maddy change their phone numbers, we can see that the last four digits of their number read are 0117. They look like a numerical spelling of her name – “Olly”.

 

Video/photos source: youtube.com, imdb.com

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