Now playing in select theaters across the country, as well as VOD (Video on Demand) is the film Grace and Grit.
Grace and Grit stars Mena Suvari, Stuart Townsend, Frances Fisher, Mariel Hemingway, Rebekah Graf, Nick Stahl, and Brian McGovern.
Grace and Grit is based on the true life love story of philosopher Ken Wilber (Townsend) and his beloved wife Treya (Suvari).
Ken and Treya met later in life (in their mid-30’s). Theirs was a whirlwind romance. They even got married after just a few short months of dating. They knew that they had found their soulmate in one another. When you know, you know. My husband and I eloped after eight months of dating, and will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary later on this year.
Not too long after they got married (10 days, and while on their honeymoon), they received horrible news – Treya had a lump in her breast. The lump ended up being cancer.
Ken and Treya did their research, searching for alternatives to traditional Western medicine.
The tumor was quickly removed. They thought they caught it in time. They were wrong.
Treya ends up getting cancer again, and having to have her breast removed. She also ended up having to endure chemotherapy.
Ken did the best he could to be optimistic and to care for her, but the burden and stress of it got the best of him, and their relationship ended up spiraling out of control, to the point where they had to be apart for some time. In the end, their intense bond brought them back together. This was just the start to their biggest challenge of all… when the cancer ends up spreading to the point where there seems to be no hope.
The couple do everything in their power to beat the cancer – from metaphysical treatments, to aggressive medical ones, and just about everything in between.
Can Treya survive? Is there any hope for this couple? To find out, you need to go see (or rent) Grace and Grit. Look for it at a theater near you, or on VOD.
DEPRESSING! Oh boy… when you see this film, having a box (or two) of tissues on hand is a must. I knew the movie would be sad, but I honestly didn’t expect it to be difficult to watch (for me anyway). Others might have an easier time watching it. It’s not a “bad” movie, it’s because it’s oh-so-sad and having lost loved ones to cancer, it hurt to watch this. Ugh! Just thinking about this film makes my eyes well up.
The acting was outstanding.
The film makers did a fabulous job casting Stuart Townsend in the role of Ken Wilbur. They look identical to one another. They could pass for brothers in real life.
I’ve only ever seen Mena Suvari in silly roles, such as in American Pie, Paradise Cove and Day of the Dead. It was nice to see her in something more serious and with more depth. She should stick to serious roles. They better suit her.
This film is shot in a very artistic way (for lack of a better description). There are instances where certain things are shot at different angles (a more unique perspective) and “dream-like” scenes.
The music in this film is very haunting. I can still hear it in my head.
There is a quote from the film that I think people should take to heart. It’s a direct quote from Treya Wilbur herself;
Because I can no longer ignore death, I pay more attention to life.
I think everyone should look at life the same way – pay attention to it. Every sound, every smell, every texture, every breath you take. Because life is fleeting and things can change in a heartbeat.
This film is rated “R” for language and intense subject matter.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.