Love Cuts

 

The upcoming release of the local (Singapore) movie, Love Cuts, stirs up a lot of emotion. The story pulls hard on your heart strings. I admit I was on the edge of tearing at the Charity Premier yesterday, 3 Sept 2010. The Charity Premier screening is supported by the Health Promotion Board and rightfully so because the story revolves around breast cancer. All proceeds from the Charity Premier screening will be donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation and the Singapore Cancer Society.

The plot is simple but the story telling as told by the producer and director subtly hit home. It was almost as if the director was inside my own head. Not exactly in my head, it was more like déjà vu. It felt like I was watching something that I have been through in family life. I am confident to say that others in the audience felt this way as well.

Our life and time on earth is complex and full of issues – from the lack of communication between a couple, family life, career, love, work and many more. This was all rolled into the life of two women, Sissy played by Zoe Tay and Kristy played by Christy Yow as they faced breast cancer in their lives.

Only when Sissy is diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer does the family begin to bond.  For Kristy, she faces the world and prospect of acceptance by a boyfriend without her breast and of her career as a fashion model.

I can relate to cancer striking a family member as my grandfather was eventually hospitalised for prostate cancer and my mother-in-law had early detection of breast cancer. My grandfather eventually passed away. My mother-in-law is living a normal life after a successful operation to remove the tumor.  For my grandfather and even my mother-in-law generation, I always get the feeling that denial is the best medicine. The mentality is, if I don’t know I am sick or have a terminal illness I am better off. There is also the burden of having my friends and family look after me. That’s a lot of responsibility and I dare say selfishness for an individual to burden. I hope the message can reach out to that generation, the generation most at risk, to take the steps necessary to understand their health condition – good or bad.

Enough about the movie, I believe it is worthwhile seeing even if you don’t understand Mandarin or Cantonese. It is easy enough to read the English sub-titles like I did. Yes, I don’t read or speak Chinese of any dialect but I got the message. If you are the very emotional type be prepared, bring a box of tissues and see it with a friend and you can sob together.

Here are some photos of the Cast, Executive Producer, Breast Cancer Survivors and Minister Lim Hwee Hua as they arrived before the start.

 

 

 

 

 

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