FIVE Review


Lifetime Television Premieres
FIVE
Monday, October 10 9:00 p.m.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Lifetime Television will premiere FIVE on Monday, October 10 at 9:00 p.m. Five is an anthology of five short films depicting the affects of cancer on each of the title characters. Each of the short films is interconnected with one another showing the impact that cancer has on various members of the various families.

Five has an all star cast of directors; each directing one of the short films. Demi Moore, Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Penelope Spheeris, Patty Jenkins share their talents bringing light to breast cancer, awareness, treatment and survival.

The opening film, Charlotte, directed by Demi Moore and written by Stephen Godchaux, takes place in July 1969 when young Pearl (Ava Acres) finds herself trying to find a way into her dying mother’s bedroom to ultimately say good-bye while everyone in the family tries to keep her away. While everyone is glued to the television as the first astronaut is taking the first step on the moon, Pearl finds a way to get to her mother and realizes the severity of the situation. This film stars Jeanne Tripplehorn, Josh Holloway, Annie Potts, Jennifer Morrison and Bob Newhart.

The second film, Cheyanne (Lyndsy Fonseca) focuses on a sexy young stripper who is faced with the radical treatment of having both breasts removed and must redefine her relationship with her new husband Tommy (Taylor Kinney). This film, directed by Penelope Spheeris and written by Howard Morris, shows the impact of breast cancer and how it changes Cheyanne’s life physically, emotionally and financially.

Lili, directed by Alicia Keys and written by Jill Gordon, is the third film in this series. Lili (Rosario Dawson) is a successful attorney who has had to take care of herself her entire life. Being the younger of two daughters, Lilli found herself alone after her sister (Tracee Ellis Ross) moved to college and was forced into independence as a result of her self-absorbed mother (Jenifer Lewis) and absentee father. With the help of her sister, Lili must break the news to her mother that she has breast cancer and insists she go through it alone, as she has done most things in her life alone. This film highlights the impact and necessity of family support as Lili is introduced to a male patient (Jeffrey Tambor) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and faces the disease all alone and realizes that she needs her family.

Film number four, Mia, directed by Jennifer Aniston, written by Wendy West follows Mia (Patricia Clarkson) on a comical yet sad two year adventure through the diagnosis, treatment and realization that she will survive. Not wanting to miss out on anything including her own funeral, Mia insists on holding a mock funeral in which she can attend and hear her family and friends eulogize her. After burning many bridges, spending all of her money and ridding herself of all of her belongings, Mia realizes that she is in fact cured and does not know what to do. Finding love in the process was not what she expected but she does and her life takes on a whole new meaning with her brand new husband Mitch (Tony Shalhoub).

Pearl, the final film directed by Patty Jenkins and written by Deirdre O’Connor, follows Pearl the oncologist that we have followed since 1969 as she finds herself facing the same diagnosis of breast cancer that she has given the other four women in the series. Pearl is faced with telling her little girl that she has cancer and tries to find the strength to assure her that she will be okay, unlike the way she was forced to face it as a child in 1969.

As I sat and watched each of these films, I was reminded how fragile life really is. These films show the reality of breast cancer and how important it is to detect it early. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Lifetime does an amazing job reminding women and men the importance of breast exams. Take charge of your health, get an annual breast exam/mammogram to ensure that in the event you receive that diagnosis, you detect it early and you like the women in this film, become survivors.

Watch FIVE on Lifetime Monday October 10 at 9:00 p.m.

~Karla Robey
For Madame Deals




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