Marika has terminal cancer, with a stomach full of tumors. It’s been 10 months since she was told she has two months to live. Her first goal was to finish the season of Game of Thrones, then to make it to her next birthday. Now at her 50th birthday celebrations, easy discussion revolves around what her next goal might be, and whether or not she should have an open coffin at her funeral. The atmosphere is the opposite of morose, as everyone is laughing and at ease.
Death is inevitable for each and every one of us, but what is it like to know your death is right around the corner? When it isn’t a surprise, you have time to prepare for it, both on an emotional and practical level. Marika takes care of her own funeral preparations, and spends time with her loved ones. But when death keeps slipping and slipping further into the future, other sources of sadness begin to emerge. Peter Wallenius succeeds in capturing the ever-familiar notion of death from an intimate and fresh perspective, as he follows Marika on her journey. His film brings audience members just about as close to death as humanly possible, so close that you can almost peek behind that mysterious veiled curtain.
Laura Rantalainen (Translation: Lydia Taylerson)