The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge became popular during the past months. Everyone, from celebrities to ordinary citizens, took part in the challenge to raise awareness and funds for the research of ALS. From what I understood based on the challenge, ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease is a one that results to the numbing of the body which is somewhat similar to having a bucket full of ice water poured over one's self. However, ALS is definitely a disease that needs a deeper and fuller understanding.
ALS or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. As with its most famous patient, American baseball player Lou Gehrig, people who are diagnosed with this condition degenerate as movement are slowly affected until the later stages that result in total paralysis. People who were otherwise healthy in their younger years start to lose control over the use of their muscles, and soon are unable to speak, walk, and feed themselves.
In the movie You’re Not You, Oscar Award winner Hillary Swank takes on the role of an ALS patient named Kate, a suave, successful classical pianist. She and her husband Evan (Josh Duhamel) are crushed when they find out about her condition, and he goes around looking for someone to take care of Kate as the condition progresses.
Bec(Emily Rossum) is a brash college student and would-be singer who can barely keep her own life together. At first, Evan is hesitant to get her, but Kate sees something special in the younger girl. When Bec takes on the job, they go on adventures of self-discovery and help each other find their own strengths through their weaknesses.
You're Not You explores how two strangers can bring out the best in each other even in the midst of trials and tribulations. This movie also gives face to the much-talked about ALS and will help people understand the condition better.
Personally, this movie gave me a better and deeper understanding of the ALS - much deeper than what the Ice Bucket Challenges have offered. I think that such understanding is very important so that there will be acceptance of the disease and its consequences.
|Thank you so much Octoarts Films and Love and Light Productions for having me during the VIP Screening! :)|
The movie is distributed and released in the Philippines by Octoarts Films International and will be shown in theaters starting November 26, 2014.