I kind of knew I’d love this movie the more I’ve read about it since it’s been sitting on my shelf almost a year – god knows why I’ve taken so long to watch it. I think this one will get even better with repeat viewings. I always loved movies like this – the Nicole Kidman / Michael Keaton movie My Life is one of my personal faves – and I often wonder what I’d do if I was given the approximate date and time of my rapidly approaching death. This movie’s very honest about its subject matter but it doesn’t shy away from simple manipulation – my favourite scene is a kind of ballet that takes place in a supermarket (“Nobody ever thinks about death in a supermarket,” Ann says in her voiceover). Ann reminds me of Bess in Lars Von Trier’s Breaking the Waves in the way she almost resigns herself to the bad thing that enters her life, and how she spreads her love around so much that there’s barely any left for herself. There’s some interesting cameos, too, from Maria De Madeiros (Fabienne – or “Blueberry pie” as I remember her, lol – from Pulp Fiction) as a hairdresser to Amanda Plummer as Ann’s best friend to Alfred Molina as her father and Deborah Harry, turning in a particularly surprising performance, as her mum.