What do you do if you are diagnosed in your early 20s with an incurable, debilitating motor neuron disease and given only two years to live?
What do you do as a young, unmarried woman of the same age if this is happening to the man you love?
It reveals Jane’s indomitable spirit in taking on the emotional and physical challenges inherent in falling in love, marrying, having children, providing 24-hour care, and later divorcing the famous astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.
You meet the two during their Cambridge years—full of intellectual curiosity and totally smitten with each other. And you watch their life change, become more difficult and still incredibly full as Stephen’s disease progresses—taking away his ability to walk, hold his children, and even talk until the development of a computer-aided speaking device.
As time goes on, with the progression of Stephen's disease, his total immersion into his research, his increasing fame, and the need for outside help, their marriage breaks down under the strains.
And even though their marriage ends in divorce, you see how seemingly insurmountable odds are overcome and great achievements are made not only in astrophysics, but even more importantly—in growing as a person when loving deeply, maintaining hope, nurturing curiosity, actively helping others, not giving up one’s dreams, and being willing to let go.
This film is superbly written and acted—Eddie Redmayne looks uncannily like Stephen Hawking and provides an amazing portrayal of the progression of Stephen’s disease and its crippling effects on Stephen’s body.
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Author and artist, Kathryn V. White loves well-written, beautifully-acted, life-affirming films. Her most recent book, Rumble Tumble Joy: A Journey for Healing, Inspiration, and Wholeness, is a finalist in the 2014 Wishing Shelf Book Awards. Find out more at: www.kathrynVwhite.com