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TitleForever Love (1998) (TV Film)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityGeneral Stroke Coma
CountryUSA
Length120
GenreTrue story
Rating3
DirectorMichael Switzer
CastReba McEntire Tim Matheson Bess Armstrong
NotesOnce again I fail to be moved :-). The story here is of staggering significance to the people involved but I don't think we get a sense of this. After a few flashbacks to establish that this is a happily married couple the wife has had a stroke and has had to go into a nursing home. Her husband wants her home. So she comes home and gets around the clock medical care. And the reality is that for 20 years this woman is in a coma. Then suddenly she wakes up, and we're told her brain has healed itself. The story is almost beyond belief and raises all kinds of ethical issues which touch on contemporary issues where parents, partners are going to court to have life support machines switched off. At first she is in a wheelchair and she has to learn and adjust to a lot of things like having a grown-up daughter who is going to get married. From this point we see her doing everyday things, like making coffee, going to the gym and finally getting ready for the wedding. Unfortunately this becomes tedious because her having to adjust to everyday activities doesn't give us any insight into her feelings. We don't know how the family afforded all the care she got except her husband is a lawyer. The one event in her life which is quite miraculous is insufficient for this treatment, or is insufficiently recorded.

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