One of the biggest most important things about television and films is that they have the potential to open people´s eyes to different subjects, and when sometimes that can be used to raise awareness for an important cause, that´s even better.
“FIVE” is an anthology of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer on people´s lives directed by Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore, Patty Jenkins and Penelope Spheeris.
Through an interconnected story arc that uses humor and drama to focus on the effect breast cancer and its different stages of diagnosis have on relationships and the way women perceive themselves while searching for
strength, comfort, medical breakthroughs and, ultimately, a cure. Five highlights the shared experience each short film¹s title character Charlotte (Goodwin), Cheyanne (Fonseca), Lili (Dawson), Mia (Clarkson) and Pearl (Tripplehorn) endures from the moment of diagnosis.
What is Five About’ Plot synopsis and video
Directed by Moore and written by Godchaux, Five’s opening film, Charlotte, takes place the night man first walks on the moon in July 1969, when a young “Pearl” (Ava Acres) is more concerned about why her family is not letting her see her mother, “Charlotte” (Goodwin), who lies in her bedroom dying from breast cancer. When she sneaks in to see and ultimately say goodbye to her mother, “Pearl” develops a lifelong passion to help others afflicted with the disease and eventually opens an oncology clinic where she will treat the women we meet throughout Five. Charlotte also stars Tripplehorn, Holloway, Potts, Morrison and Newhart.
In Cheyanne, directed by Spheeris and written by Morris, sexy, young stripper “Cheyanne” (Fonseca) and her handsome newlywed husband “Tommy” (Kinney) struggle to redefine their passionate relationship, as well as who they are as individuals, when Cheyenne is shocked with a breast cancer diagnosis. Looking at a severe prognosis, “Cheyanne’s” aggressive treatment ultimately results in the removal of both of her breasts, which have defined her life physically, financially and emotionally.
Lili, directed by Keys and written by Gordon, follows “Lili,” a fiercely independent career-minded woman (Dawson), who recruits her sister (Ross) to help tell their hard-nosed mother (Lewis) that she has breast cancer. As they work through their past issues, “Lili’s” mother and sister ultimately become her strongest allies when she needs her family the most. Lili also stars Tambor as a male patient diagnosed with breast cancer.
Directed by Aniston, written by West and told in a series of humorous and dramatic flashbacks, Mia is a survivor’s tale that highlights all of the highs and lows of “Mia’s” (Clarkson) two-year journey from diagnosis with breast cancer during which she gives away all of her worldly possessions, holds a hilarious mock funeral while still alive and enters into a second marriage to “Mitch” (Shalhoub), the new love of her life. Mia also features Najimy as her friend “Rocky.”
In Pearl, directed by Jenkins and written by O’Connor, “Pearl” (Tripplehorn), the successful oncologist we have followed from childhood, suddenly finds herself in the patient’s seat when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. Through this process, she finally understands what her parents experienced that night in 1969 and finds the strength to tell her young daughter that everything is going to be OK…something she never heard as a child. Pearl also stars Clarkson, Shalhoub, Tambor, Newhart, Dawson, Ross and Lewis.
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