Is it possible to really love someone you can never touch? And is it possible to feel that you are loved back?
Stella Grant (Haley Lu Richardson) is a 17-year-old girl whose life is invaded by a serious illness called cystic fibrosis or CF. This condition has taken over her existence and has changed it completely. Similar to other CF patients, she spends a third of her life in the hospital.
But Stella is a worthy opponent who parries CF symptoms with discipline and adherence to her therapeutic regimen. She follows every single instruction she needs to follow although her doctor’s orders affect her lifestyle enormously.
One of these guidelines is to stay at least 6 feet away from anything or anyone that can pass on bacteria and endanger her life even more. Stella understands that this is not optional and has gotten used to following all of her imposed restrictions. And then she meets Will (Cole Sprouse).
Will also has CF, and even though this disease has brought them together, it ruthlessly keeps them apart. They have to stay six feet apart at all times, otherwise either one of them can die.
But can two teenagers in love sustain a bond where even a simple handshake is a dangerous threat?
What is Cystic fibrosis (CF)?
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a progressive genetic disorder that has the most impact on the lungs and worsens a patient’s ability to breathe on their own. CF also affects the pancreas, liver, kidneys, and intestines. In the developed world, the average life expectancy for a patient with CF is between 37.5 and 50 years. But ongoing research continues to help extend these patients’ lives. The fact that in the 1980s this life expectancy was only 14 years, proves that treatment options for CF have greatly improved.
According to recent data, more than 70,000 people worldwide are living with cystic fibrosis. Approximately 1,000 new cases of CF are diagnosed each year.
Did you know?
Justin Baldoni, the producer and director of the movie, who is also Baha’i, worked closely with Claire’s Place Foundation, a charity that supports cystic fibrosis patients. Baldoni consulted doctors, nurses, as well as patients and their families in order to ensure an accurate depiction of what it’s really like to have cystic fibrosis.
Justin Baldoni’s original hope as a director of “Five Feet Apart” was to leave his audiences with an appreciation for life and a feeling of hope. Justin is American actor, director, and filmmaker. He is most recently known from the TV series “Jane the Virgin.”
I’ll reach my hands out in the dark and wait for yours to interlock
“Don’t Give Up On Me” is the main soundtrack of the movie sung by Baha’i Andy Grammer. This song will lift your spirits because it is a truly motivational anthem. Along with being a great movie, its soundtrack spreads the message of hope for cystic fibrosis patients and many others struggling with serious illnesses. It helps them to see the light of faith and love and learn that they’re not alone in this battle.
The release date for “Five Feet Apart” is set for March 15, 2019. Come to see how one can have a life-threatening illness and still not be defined by it.Share: