January in New England breeds lots of icky germs that turn into colds that make everyone miserable. Even if you don't have a cold, you know someone who does and you spend all your time avoiding them so you won't get it. No wonder Northerners get a rap for being rude sometimes. #1 - it is too cold to stop and chat for half of the year. #2 - we don't want to catch whatever you've go. The movies seem to have more sympathy for illness than we doSome movies I like where illness is important:
My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Hayao Miyazaki's animated children's story about a family dealing with the mother's illness (one of the sweetest movies ever made, too),
Philadelphia (1993), with Tom Hanks starring as an HIV+ attorney,
Erin Brockovich (2000), Julia Roberts' Oscar-winning performance as a legal assistant helping to fight for people made ill by corporate pollution,
Sense and Sensibility (1995), who can forget Marianne (Kate Winslet) pining away for that cad Willoughby?
It was kind of hard for me to answer this question! I don't watch a lot of weepies or terminal-illness type movies but these are all flicks that I enjoyed in one way or another.
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