For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Films About Doctors, Nurses and Hospitals, here’s a review of Wit (2001) by me.
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“One thing that can be said for an eight-month course of cancer treatment: it is highly educational. I am learning to suffer.” – Vivian Bearing
Number of Times Seen – Twice (21 Apr 2015 and 30 Nov 2022)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A literature professor must endure the way that things work in a hospital after she is diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
My Take on it – This is a film that I enjoyed when I saw it for the first time years ago probably because I have an even better understanding of the plot and the situation that the character goes through.
Emma Thompson is superb in the lead role and helps give the audience someone to really care about as the story unfolds.
The film takes the premise of bedside manner vs medical competency to a whole new level by the way that they do things here and it is so refreshing and scary due to the way it is done.
This film deservingly won an Emmy for Best Made for TV Film and for Best Director.
I’m still baffled that Emma Thompson lost for Best Actress against Judy Davis who played Judy Garland in a film about her life.
I unfortunately understood way too many of the medical nuances described here, but that also helped me realize how profound and realistic this kind of story can be.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Margaret Edson wrote the play “Wit” (for which she won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), she was an Atlanta-area kindergarten teacher. In 2010, she shifted to teaching sixth grade at Inman Middle School in Atlanta. “Wit” was the first (and the only) play she ever wrote. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (upgrade from original review)
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