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Broke my heart
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2018
I wanted so much to love this movie. Maybe it's my fault for not watching the trailer when a friend recommended it as a feel good movie. The first part was absolutely stunning and inspirational, about how he and his loved ones fought for his life and freedom. But then I got confused because he was talking about dying and then about ending his own life. I just, I have trouble wrapping my head around this shift. As a personally disabled person who understands ongoing pain and suffering, the mentality of the film that choosing to end your own life, even in the midst of pain, is something to be celebrated, breaks my heart. I know it's based on a true story and I am very grateful for their family and what they did to improve the lives of the disabled, but it disappoints me that the movie stops fighting for people to live when they decide that it's okay to stop fighting. My life's not easy, but I don't want anyone thinking that their life is suddenly too burdensome or difficult to keep going. I don't want society to expect less of me. I know the movie is about so much more than the ending, but it really ruined it for me. You never know what life is left in you.