Terminal romances similar to "Everything, Everything"
Writer: Nur Iman Syasya
Like Maddy and Olly, at least one person in each of these couples suffers from some kind of illness.
It is the love story that has been told a thousand times over and we never get tired of hearing it. In which one of them is ridden with an illness and lives a dull, restricted life until someone new comes into their life and gives them the hope and courage to spend the rest of their short lives doing the things they've only dreamed of.
In "Everything, Everything", Maddy Whittier suffers from severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), this means that she is allergic to everything and that she cannot leave her house or come into contact with anything that hasn't been sanitised. Things start looking up when a family moves in next door and the son, Olly, brings some colour to her dreary life.
These are the movies that feature terminal romances similar to the one Maddy and Olly share.
"The Boy in the Plastic Bubble"
Starting off with an oldie-but-goodie, this movie was released in the year 1976. It stars John Travolta as Tod Lubitch, a boy who was born with an improperly functioning immune system, so he must live in incubator-like conditions, hence the bubble. Like Maddy, Tod falls in love with his next door neighbour, Gina Biggs, played by Glynnis O'Connor, and has to decide between following his heart and facing near-certain death or remain in his literal protective bubble forever.
Another movie starring a boy and his bubble. In this movie, Jake Gyllenhaal plays Jimmy Livingston who lives only with his overprotective mother and father and his sterilised bubble. Jimmy is immediately taken with his new neighbour, Chloe, and befriends her despite his mother's opposition. Jimmy ends up following his heart and risking his health in the name of love.
"Me Before You"
"Me Before You" is one of the more depressing than the other movies on this list. It is about Will Traynor, played by Sam Claflin, who became paralysed after a motorbike accident and spirals into depression. Like Maddy, most of Will's time is spent with his nurse, until Emilia Clarke's character, Louisa Clark, is hired as his caregiver. However, unlike Maddy, it will take more than Louisa's outgoing personality to help him find faith in life.
"1 Litre of Tears"
Probably one of the most heart-breaking films of all time, "1 Litre of Tears" is a Japanese film based on the real life story of Aya Kito. Like "Everything, Everything", the source material for the film is a book-the published diary of Aya Kito. Aya is diagnosed with a disease called spinocerebellar degeneration that causes the patient to lose control over their body while retaining all mental ability. There is no cure. Aya, played by Asae Onishi, meets Haruto Asou in school, the angsty teenage son of successful parents. In this film, it is the one burdened with an illness that inspires the healthy love interest to enjoy life and live it to the fullest. There is a Japanese TV series of the same name.
"The Fault in Our Stars"
Of course, we can't forget this Hollywood blockbuster. Starring Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster, who wishes to spend the rest of her short life with her love, Gus Waters, played by Ansel Elgort. This film is also based on a bestselling novel of the same name. It is about a girl with terminal cancer who falls in love with a cancer survivor and finds herself wanting to spend more time with him, though she knows that her days are numbered. It made moviegoers cry rivers and we expect "Everything, Everything" to do the same.
There's another upcoming movie – opening in cinemas this 4 August – whose theme is along the line of sick girl meets healthy boy, sick girl and healthy boy fall in love, uncertain future awaits the young couple. Based on the 2006 Japanese movie of the same name, "Midnight Sun" follows Katie Price (Bella Thorne), a 17-year-old with a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight. Housebound during the day with only her father as her friend, at night she gets to go out and play her guitar for travellers at train stations. When romance begins budding between her and Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger), an ex-high school all-star athlete she admires, she has to keep her condition a secret from him.
Cinema Online, 13 May 2017
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