The story is about a young mother who goes into a coma after a boating accident. The father has to deal with this heartbreaking situation, when his daughters aged 10 and 17, do not, at first, make things easy. The younger one does not have a clue and lives her simple life until she learns that the decision has been made to take the woman off the life support. The older one is very antagonistic to her father. She knows her mother was cheating on her father and resent his ostrich-like attitude. I was especially taken by something the other reviewers seem to have missed or did not consider as important as I did, namely that the writer made sure that everybody involved had a lot of class. Class is something what cannot be faked, and here the close family members showed they had it at the time of crisis. It is often a crisis when the true character of individuals surfaces. When crisis hit here, the rebellious teenaged daughter came to her senses and became fully supportive of her father, the husband showed his love for his wife despite the pain of a cheated husband, and did not succumb to the hatred any other man in his position might do. The obnoxious daughter’s boyfriend came around and started behaving like a normal human being. The marriage breaker, the lover of the dying woman, turned out not to be such a scoundrel as one might predict, and his cheated wife shows she has much more class than an average woman would have in the same situation. Nobody kept holding grudge, the life was going on. This is an excellent, well-acted and directed movie, in the same category as American Beauty. Nevertheless, despite good official reviews it has not become a blockbuster. The average unsophisticated American moviegoer can-not be impressed by and does not appreciate an above-average movie where every other word is not the “f” or “n” word, where cars do not explode and where blood is not oozing from dead bodies, preferentially n*ked.

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