Other people movie review 

David, a 29-year-old struggling comedy writer returns to family home in New York to take care of his sick mom, Joanne, whilst also dealing with his conservative father who hasn’t yet accepted the fact that his son is gay. Adding to that is the fact that David recently split up with his boyfriend Paul who had been with for five years but does not tell his mother as he doesn’t want to her to have another reason to be unhappy.

The film has got some strong performances from Molly Shannon and Jesse Plemons. Director and writer Chris Kelly takes a slightly different approach to the usual dark comedy about cancer and makes it feel more honest whilst never trying to force you to feel pity for the two main characters in the story.

The film feels very personal at times, like the scenes where you see Joanne break down as she no longer goes through chemotherapy and doesn’t want her children to see her like that, always putting on a brave face yet in her eyes you see fear and sadness. The opening scenes of this movie you see Joanne’s death, as her family grieve for the loss of their mom and a very poorly timed answer machine message you see the movie from a perspective of David as he learns how to deal with looking after his terminally ill mother and life in general. The last year of Joanne’s life is spent to trying every last second with her family and it devasting to watch cancer slowly takes its toll on her and her family.

The film feels very personal at times, like he scenes where you see Joanne break down as she no longer go through chemotherapy and doesn’t want her children to see her like that, always putting on a brave face yet in her eyes you see fear and sadness. The opening scenes of this movie you see Joanne’s death, as her family grieve for the loss of thier mom and a very poorly timed answer machine message you see the movie from a perspective of David as he learns how to deal with looking after his terminally ill mother and life in general. The last year of Joanne’s life is spent to trying every last second with her family and it devasting to watch cancer slowly takes its toll on her and her family.

I have seen a lot of movies like this where a person close to someone else gets sick from cancer, one of my favourite movies last year was me earl and the dying girl which has a similar concept but is a brilliant movie in its own right but I can appreciate the way the film other people, deals with a subject very close to home for me, losing a family member to cancer and trying to move forward with your life after there are gone.

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