This Life starts as your regular family dramedy, presenting the different characters, and having a doctor tell Natalie that her cancer is in remission and everything is fine. So you get to know the characters, who is who in the family and all. But then… as the first episode progresses, things take a turn, Natalie is going to try to enjoy life more, until she finds out she does not have much time left. Cancer is back. And it will put everyone in turmoil.
Set in contemporary Montreal, THIS LIFE is a funny, honest, heartfelt series about a regular family whose world turns upside down overnight. Like its French-language counterpart, Nouvelle adresse, this 10-part series is a family saga focusing on Natalie Lawson, a lifestyle columnist and single mother in her early forties whose terminal cancer diagnosis sends her on a quest to help her three teenage children get ready for the future, while trying her best to live in the now.
Natalie’s diagnosis is a life-changer for everyone she loves. Faced with the uncertainty of life, each Lawson does their best to embrace the absurdity of the journey, while confronting the drama that comes with all of their choices, big and small. To get through all this Natalie leans on her two brothers, her sister and her parents, a close-knit, charmingly imperfect clan who each have their own unpredictable personal and professional hills to climb. Through a mix of drama and humour, THIS LIFE explores the many ups and downs of life in a touching, relatable and deeply human story that is positioned to resonate with Canadians across the country.
Natalie Lawson is the central character, she has three kids, and needs to balance everything after these big news. Her sister and confident Maggie Lawson, is trying to make her enjoy life while she can. Will she be able to? I have not seen the French version, but I have to say that this show seems like a good option. A good heartfelt drama. To watch with an icecream bowl in front of you and some tissues. But very worthy of our DVR slot.
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