From Ol Parker, the screenwriter of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, comes the powerful British romance film Now is Good, which he directed and wrote the screenplay for. Twilight’s Dakota Fanning and War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine lead the cast that includes Paddy Considine, Olivia Williams, Kaya Scodelario and Rose Leslie. Adapted from Jenny Downham’s award-winning novel Before I Die, it is produced by Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin, who also produced In Bruges, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Seven Psychopaths.
Tessa Scott is a teenage girl who is battling with leukemia. After years of chemotherapy treatment, she has taken a turn for the worse. Her cancer is terminal and she has only a few months left to live. Determined to make the most of the time she has left, she makes a bucket list of things she wants to do before she dies. Her number one priority is to lose her virginity.
Fighting against her failing body and the toll of the hospital visits, tests and drugs, Tessa begins the journey of her final days to feel “alive.” First, she and her best friend Zoey engage in some risky adventures until Zoey becomes pregnant. Then she falls in love with Adam, the boy next door.
Meanwhile, Tessa’s family is unsure of how to cope. Her father disapproves of Tessa’s “wild” behavior that lands her in trouble, but realizes there is little he can do. He falls into a state of denial and keeps searching for alternative treatments to save her from dying. Her little brother has mixed feelings as he tries to understand the impending death of his sister. Her estranged mother, who is divorced from her father, learns how to care for Tessa when she grows weaker.
During Tessa’s last precious days, she spends time with Adam and her family fast-forwarding her young life. She holds on just long enough to live it to the fullest.
Now is Good is a memorable, emotionally raw and touching film. Dakota Fanning delivers a performance beyond her years portraying the terminally-ill Tessa who struggles with her own end of life. From the bouts of anger and frustration to love and happiness, Fanning expresses the wide range of emotions of the dying. Paddy Considine represents every helpless father who must watch his own child die before his eyes. One of his most profound moments is when he breaks down in tears and begs for her not to die, even though he knows it is impossible. Jeremy Irvine woos all the girls’ hearts as he loves Tessa even more at the end, however heartbreaking it is. Overall, Now is Good is a great film to help us all remember to seize the day, live every moment and love every minute (with a box of tissues nearby). Carpe diem!
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- Dakota Fanning as Tessa Scott
- Olivia Williams as Mother
- Kaya Scodelario as Zoey
- Jeremy Irvine as Adam
- Rose Leslie as Fiona
- Paddy Considine as Father
- Joe Cole as Scott
- Sarah Hadland as Caroline
- Patrick Baladi as Richard
- 3 Deleted Scenes
- Making Moments: Creating Now is Good
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