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Miss You Already

Londoners Milly (Toni Colette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore) have been best friends since childhood. When Milly is diagnosed with cancer Jess faces the ordeal with her but the demands of the illness eventually put a strain on their friendship.

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Milly and Jess are best friends. They always have been. Milly (Toni Collette) has become a successful PR woman, married a glamorous musician, and had two nice girls – without giving up her high heels. The more introverted Jess (Drew Barrymore) has not had such an exciting life but things aren’t going badly for her either. She lives with her nice, environmentalist boyfriend on a houseboat, still has Doc Martens on, and would also like to have children. Then cancer infiltrates their picturesque life. Milly has an aggressive tumor. She needs Jess by her side more than she needs her husband, and Jess leaves everything so they can get through this together. Chemotherapy, exhaustion, hair loss, losing breasts, thoughts about death. What is most troubling to Milly are the physical changes and the loss of her vitality and attractiveness. She used gallows humor as a defense mechanism. The new wig is celebrated as the hip new thing and she even laughs about her puking bowls. Toni Collette (A LONG WAY DOWN) gives it all her all as the decisive, spent, deathly ill former party animal. Barrymore as the nice friend who has had enough of her friend’s narcissism after a certain point is mostly just nice. Despite its open-heartedness the film is above all nice. MISS YOU ALREADY does everything to make the two friends reconcile and to present death as unthreatening to viewers as possible.

Toni Ohms

Translation: Elinor Lewy

Credits

Original title: Miss You Already
Großbritannien 2015, 115 min
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Author: Morwenna Banks
DOP: Elliot Davis
Montage: Phillip J. Bartell
Music: Harry Gregson-Williams
Distributor: Neue Visionen
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Paddy Considine
FSK: oA
Release: 31.03.2016

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