You're Not You: Showing on November 26 in Cinemas nationwide!

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First and foremost, prepare anything that will wipe off your tears when you watch this movie because I came unprepared! When I watched the trailer of this movie, I was thinking that it was one of those feel good movies, but although it gave me a lot of realizations, it gave me a heavy heart.

The beautiful and talented Kate (Hilary Swank) seems to have it all—a successful career as a concert pianist, a good marriage to a handsome , high-achieving husband Evan (Josh Duhamel), and all the luxuries money can buy. But she’s doomed to lose it all—and more—when she contracts ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), the neuro degenerative disorder that reduces a healthy body, young or old, to non-functioning uselessness and eventual death.

Kate and her husband Evan are understandably devastated by her diagnosis, and what it means to their marriage. At first he’s loving and supportive, and vows to get her the best possible care. So he’s perplexed and a little offended when his willful wife overrules him and hires Bec (Emmy Rossum) as her caretaker and companion. “Because she doesn’t make me feel like a patient,” Kate says. It’s so easy to see why Evan is bothered: Bec is a complete opposite of Kate, she is a wild child, a part-time college student who wants to be a rock star, and whose relationships—including an affair with a married professor—are always messy and chaotic. 

Kate and Bec find each other’s  strength 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 definitely make people more compassionate with victim of the said disease.

Emmy Rossum is a big suprise to me, I actually love her role here. Although she always portrays bitchy roles, this one marks how versatile she can be and I love the way she transformed in a snap of your finger. She can look rowdy then classy then girl next door which is why she can perfectly fit any genre of movie. Even though she's with an Oscar winning actor Hilary Swank, she didn't let Hilary outshine her role, she stands out!

At first I thought Josh Duhamel can only portray Rom-Com movies but after this movie, I changed my mind. I wish he can portray more serious roles because he really puts himself into his best character. There were scnes in the movie where he took care of Kate, it was like an "awwww" moment. The first part of the movie, he was putting make up on her, since Kate can't move her hands anymore, not even walk or do particular things she usually do before. Most of us single women would wish that I hope we can meet someone like that who would really stick to us through think and thin, no matter how pathetic your life can be.

I'm a big fan of Hilary Swank. She won her first Academy Award for playing a young woman who looks, acts and lives like a man in Boys Don’t Cry and I've watched that film, it totally broke my heart and that role made a big mark on her.Her second Oscar is in Million Dollar Baby.  One can't help but wonder how she transforms into different roles and feels like it was she was acting it in real life.I can't help but wonder, was another Oscar on her mind when she researched her role by spending time with real ALS patients?when she learned how to imitate their terribly painful attempts to move, to eat, to talk and, finally, to breathe? 

ALS is extremely tragic for those who suffer from it—and for their loved ones who must helplessly watch. Hillary perfectly portrayed the role and made me really curious about the said disease, and we are reminded of that in practically every frame of You’re Not You. But it’s not just her spot-on portraying the role of someone who has ALS that is striking but the savage effect of ALS to Hillary's character is really painful to watch till the end.

What is ALS?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease, and rarely Charcot disease—is a neurodegenerative disorderwith various causes. The term motor neurone disease (MND) is sometimes used interchangeably with ALS while others use it to refer to a group of similar conditions that include ALS.  ALS is characterised by muscle spasticity, rapidly progressive weakness due to muscle wasting. This results in difficulty speaking, swallowing, and breathing. The disease usually starts around the age of 60, except in cases that are directly inherited when the usual age of onset is around 50.

About 5 to 10% of cases are directly inherited from a person's parents. ALS is the most common of the five types of motor neuron disease.

The average survival from onset to death is three to four years.  Only 4% survive longer than 10 years, although rare cases survive 50 years or more. Most die from respiratory failure. In much of the world rates of ALS are unknown. In Europe the disease affects about 2.2 people per 100,000 per year. In the United States, more than 5,600 are diagnosed every year, and up to 30,000 Americans are currently affected. ALS is responsible for 2 deaths per 100,000 people per year.

Descriptions of the disease date back to at least 1824 by Charles Bell. In 1869 the connection between the symptoms and the underlying neurological problems were first described by Jean-Martin Charcot who in 1874 began using the term amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It became well known in the United States when it affected a famous baseball player by the name of Lou Gehrig, and later when the ice bucket challenge became popular in 2014.

Who is Lou Gehrig?
Henry Louis "Lou" or "Buster" Gehrig was an American baseball first baseman who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees.  Using number 4 as his mark, Lou plays First baseman and pinch hitter. He battled hard for baseball only to battle more when he was hit with this rare disease which is named after him.

The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone's head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. It went viral on social media during July–August 2014. In the US, many people participate for the ALS Association, and in the UK, many people participate for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, although some individuals have opted to donate their money from the Ice Bucket Challenge to other organizations.

The challenge encourages nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and then nominating others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated participants have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.

You're Not You is a must watch movie and I recommend for you to watch it.


Demons at the Door - Sleeping Wolf
This is the song featured in the trailer which I totally love :)
 I hope they'll have an album soon.

Based on the novel of Michelle Wildgen with the same title, 
You're Not You will be showing in Philippine cinemas on November 26!

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