"Annabel is a terminally ill cancer patient and is quietly awaiting her death spending her time studying nature. Enoch is struggling to recover from the death of his parents and spends his time attending funerals with his only friend - a ghost named Hiroshi who was a WWII Japanese kamikaze pilot. Just as Annabel's sister is trying to cope with Annabel's impending death, Annabel and Enoch fall in love. They both finally have a reason to live, but is it too late to have a life together?"
Wow. Well let me just say that this movie is so underrated. It's a wonderful plot that is so reminiscent of The Fault in our Stars. It's such a beautiful premise complimented so thoroughly with beautiful screen pictures and a haunting soundtrack. This isn't just any cancer story. It's a tale of facing your fears and loyalty even in the hardest of times.
The main character, Annabel Cotton, is played by the wonderful Mia Wasikowska whose acting was flawless the entire time. Henry Hopper portrayed the moody and mysterious Enoch Brae whose tragic backstory and puppy-dog eyes just make you wanna give him a hug. There's also the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze Hiroshi (Ryo Kase), from WWII and it seems that he is a story inside the story of this film. Sometimes you may think that his part is unnecessary in the plot, although, in the end it turns out that he wasn't so irrelevant after all.
While this film isn't on my list of "Masterpieces" it is a very good movie if you like unconventional (which i do!). The cinematography is brilliant throughout the entire movie and the set-pieces are to die for (as well as the costuming, which while strange, makes the film so much better). It's full of humor and love and sadness and joy. The ending will break your heart and warm your soul.
I definitely recommend it. It's worth the time (and is a perfect flick for sleepovers or late-night movies with buckets of ice-cream).
3.8/5.0 and Sara's official thumbs up for unconventional films