Cake (2014)

It’s rare for a film to realistically portray chronic illness it without being melodramatic. The acting is superb—I actually found myself tensing up and cringing as if I was feeling the main character’s pain. In fact, lead actress, Jennifer Anniston was inspired by her friend a colleague, whose addiction to painkillers following an accident nearly ended her career but has since resumed her job as a stuntwoman. This stunning depiction allows the humanity of the character to shine through; her willfulness makes her both fractured and resilient. Ultimately, it’s a movie about healing through personal growth rather than a mere pity party.

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