Just after losing her husband to a similar condition, Dr. Anne Turner (Dame Julie Walters) is diagnosed with a fatal neurological condition. So she plans to end her life herself. Based on a true story.
Dame Julie Walters stars in a one-off drama inspired by the true story of Dr. Anne Turner, who, in 2006, took her own life in a Zurich clinic having developed an incurable degenerative disease. Having recently witnessed the death of her husband from a neurological disease, Anne Turner is diagnosed with a nearly identical illness and determines to end her life once her condition has reached a critical point. As her health deteriorates, Anne's son and two daughters struggle to reach a consensus over their mother's intentions, and while they search for alternative options, silent recriminations and stubborn practicality threaten to tear the family apart. With her family at logger heads, Anne must also face the fury of her best friend, whose opposing views bring them into direct conflict.
Fergus Walsh practically played himself in this movie since he was the interviewer of the real Anne Turner for the BBC back in 2006. See more »
In January trees in Switzerland are bald. The filming must have taken place in summertime. See more »
[reading from her justification to Dignitas for them to assist her to die]
Dr. Anne Turner:
I also suffer from increased impatience and I'm extremely irritable, as my family will tell you. My excuse is my symptoms - they might say otherwise!
Well, now we have that in writing, Mother.
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In memory of Dr. Anne Turner who died in Zurich on 24th January 2006. See more »
A woman with a hideous, fatal, neurological illness fights to die on her own terms.
After nursing her husband through the last throes of a hideous, debilitating disease, a woman doctor learns that she has a similar illness herself. She determines to die on her own terms, but first, she must convince her three grown children that the time is approaching for them to let her go. The title refers to an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland, where she and her children must travel in secret, due to the harsh laws against such suicides of choice in the U.K. itself. As might be expected, the film has some heart-wrenching moments, sometimes small scenes where the woman bids goodbye to a beloved cat, as well as larger scenes, where her children say their final goodbyes to her. Based on the actual life and death of Dr. Anne Turner, the film features exquisite performances from Julie Waters as the mother, and Stephen Campbell Moore, Lyndsey Marshall, and Liz White as the three adult children. The movie is a plea for the legalization of assisted suicide and the right of everyone to die with dignity. It is not an easy movie to watch but is well worth the experience of having done so.
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