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Shadowlands 1993

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This movie is based on a play by William Nicholson, which is in turn based on a true story of C.S.Lewis, a renowned British writer and scholar (the author of The Chroncles of Narnia) and his short but happy marriage to his wife, Joy.

Joy Gresham (Debra Winger) is an American poet, an avid reader and a big admirer of C.S.Lewis's books. She writes him a letter, and they begin to correspond. Then Joy has a chance to travel to England, and they meet in person. They are nothing alike: Joy is lively and outspoken, a divorcee with a young son; and Lewis (Anthony Hopkins) is calm and reserved, a life-long bachelor. Despite the differences, they become good friends - and, eventually, more. However, Lewis realizes his love for Joy only when it is a little too late: she is diagnosed with cancer in a very advanced stage. They marry at the hospital, and a miracle happens: Joy goes in remission. Lewis takes her home, but their happiness is short: a year later, Joy's cancer returns, and she dies.

The movie is not for everyone, and definitely not for those who prefer happy-ending. Being a C.S.Lewis fan, I enjoyed it immensely. Hopkins and Winger are great, an excellent choice for the two leading characters. The story is touching, even painful, but I like its message of love and appreciating life. Lewis's Christian faith is tested through this grief, which is something I can relate to as well.

Extra features include behind the scenes, interviews with actors and an interview with Douglas Gresham (C.S.Lewis's adopted son), now grown-up.