1,778 Stories of Me and My Wife (Boku to tsuma no 1778 no monogatari) (2011)
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This movie is based on a true story. A somewhat successful science fiction writer with a vivid imagination and a child's heart learns that his wife is dying of cancer. He tries to hide this fact from her. In response to the doctor's suggestion that laughter is good for the immune system, he determines to write a short story a day to keep her alive. However, she is the realist of the two. Her husband's biggest fan, she reads and reviews everything he writes. We always have the impression that she knows more than she tells him. For a time, he seems to succeed. His wife's illness seems to be at bay. As he piles one story on top of another, the viewer is sometimes treated to a pictorial retelling of a story. We come to know of his attraction to boxy 1950s robots, his identification with children, his delight in the unexpected and magical. There is often a sad element to a story, which does not diminish its curious and delightful nature. However, in time, his wife's condition worsens, and even his stories cannot cure her or help her avoid her fate. She finally explains to him what he had hidden from her all along: she is aware that she is dying. His vow to write her a story a day had revealed the truth that he couldn't speak. Nevertheless, he continues to write. He is obsessed by his love and mission until her death leaves his pages empty. He allows the wind to carry his last unfinished story away just as the wind whipping through her hospital room seems to have carried her spirit away. Do not be deterred by the length of this movie, although it seems to drag at the end as we sit with him waiting for the painful inevitable death. Also, do not be deterred by the subtitles. This movie will make you laugh and cry, and you will be touched by the endless love between this boyish, imaginative young man and his tender and wise wife.
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