This movie is based on the novel by the same name by Paulo Coelho. Now I haven’t read the book so instead of the comparison, I will focus only on the movie.
Well if you are looking for some fast paced movie then this shouldn’t be on your watch list. It is a very slow movie and sometimes unbearably so. It is about a woman who has everything that one asks for, for a comfortable life, but still wants to end her life. She makes an unsuccessful attempt that lands her in a welfare correctional centre where she is told that she has a few days to live due to damage done to her heart by the overdose of pills. While there, she discovers happiness and starts her life afresh.
Acting by all the characters is ok, nothing extra-ordinary. In fact everything about this movie is average. The only thing that really saves this movie is (that is if you manage to keep up till the end) is the twist in the end.
I wouldn’t really go far as recommending this movie to anybody but you can watch it if you have nothing better to do or are a fan of Coelho’s work (though he disappoints with this story).
- IMDB Rating – 6.5/10
- Based on a novel by Paulo Coelho.
- Aidan Quinn and Bridget Fonda were considered for the roles of Mari and Dr. Blake (Dr. Igor in the novel).
- Kate Bosworth was originally cast as Veronika but was replaced by Sarah Michelle Gellar.
- Gillian Anderson and Katherine Fugate tried to produce a version of this movie in 2003/2004 but lost out on the bid to produce it.
- The song that Edward sings near the end of the movie is “After Hours”, written by Lou Reed and originally played by The Velvet Underground.