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It appears to be a matter of life and death.
|Vivian bearing is a disciplined english professor who finds her rational approach to live overturned when she is diagnosed with cancer. No longer a teacher, but a subject for others to study, vivian is about to discover a fine line between life and death that can only be walked with wit.|
"It reminded me just how strong movies can be. Ebert & Roeper And The Movies
"Fractures the funny bone, then the heart. It triumphs on every level. Los Angeles Times
Editor's NoteMargaret Edson's Pulitzer-winning script is faithfully adapted to the small screen by director Mike Nichols and star Emma Thompson in this HBO special. Thompson plays Vivian Bearing, a professor of 17th Century poetry specializing in "the Holy Sonnets of John Donne." The intellect is everything to Vivian--which is why, when she is diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer--"there is no stage five"--she agrees to undergo aggressive chemotherapy in the name of cancer research. "You must be very tough," her doctor tells her, and Vivian is nothing if not tough--a tough professor who is tough on her students. Yet as her treatment--and her cancer--progresses, Vivian finds that what she needs most isn't the cold rationality with which she's lived her whole life and which is amply evidenced by the hospital staff attending her, but the simple human kindness shown by her primary nurse and her former mentor. This beautiful meditation on death and humanity is shot in close-ups that linger on Emma Thompson's spare, emotionally naked performance. Nichols's sure-handed direction brings out both the script's own wit and its poignancy.
Cast & Crew
|Margaret Edson - Based On Play By|
|Mike Nichols - Director|
|Seamus McGarvey - Director of Photography|
|Simon Bosanquet, et al. - Producer|
|Mike Nichols - Writer|
|Emma Thompson - Writer|
|Emma Thompson, Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie|
|Audra McDonald, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie|