In Theatres: DEFINING HOPE

Coming to theatres tonight, Wednesday, November 1:
DEFINING HOPE

Director:
Carolyn Jones

Premiere:
Heartland 2017

About:
A look at palliative care in America.

Jones’ film profiles several individuals facing terminal or potentially life-threatening illnesses, as well as nurses like Diane Ryan, who work in palliative care. Patients like Carol and Barbara reckon with the impact of cancer, while the elderly Berthold and Rudy express the desire to die on their own terms. When focused on the human, complex issues around palliative care, the film showcases some strong moments, but, unfortunately, Jones keeps adding more and more cases to the proceedings, unnecessarily broadening the project’s scope beyond just hospice care, and losing opportunities to provide a deeper dive into its fewer, more compelling, subjects.

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