Richard (Kenneth Branagh), a frustrated painter and would-be airplane builder, has a mid-life crisis and ends up afoul of the law. He's sentenced to community service and assigned to be a companion to Jane (Helen Bonham Carter), who is suffering with the end stages of ALS. She's sarcastic and angry and he's depressed, but eventually their frienship grows; then she asks him for a favor that only he can do.
This remarkably uplifting true story is funny and tragic and just plain wonderful. Carter is well-cast as the caustic young woman who wants to experience physical love just once before she dies. Branagh is tender and gentle as the man who dreams of flying. The ending is never in doubt, but the journey is engaging and will have you reaching for your tissues. Beautifully filmed in London and Wales.
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