If you may make it by way of the primary ten minutes of “Grace and Grit” with out groaning, then your tolerance for New Age folderols, saccharin voice-overs and seraphic gazes is greater than mine.
Based on the American thinker Ken Wilber’s 1991 memoir of the identical identify, this primary characteristic from Sebastian Siegel (who additionally wrote the script) transforms a real-life tragedy — the loss of life of Wilber’s spouse, Treya, from metastatic most cancers — into an unbearable film. Encumbered by the recurring narration of each companions (performed by Stuart Townsend and Mena Suvari), the story winds by way of their five-year journey from first assembly to a deathbed scene so interminable it just about calls for its personal trailer.
That preliminary encounter, although, is a doozy, exhibiting the pair so mutually overwhelmed they will’t wait to hurry residence and begin journaling. Most of the motion unfolds post-diagnosis, as the 2 journey from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe to Germany in quest of ever-more-grueling fringe therapies. There’s some despair, and a little bit combating, all of it wrapped in a smushy blanket of desires and portents, floaty music and florid dialogue.
“I’m just not crazy about his writing,” Treya’s mom (Frances Fisher) opines about her future son-in-law, proving there’s no challenge Fisher can’t elevate, nonetheless briefly. Equally welcome is Mariel Hemingway’s batty flip as an vitality therapist who believes that every one most cancers is brought on by a virus and, in frequent with the film’s normal tone, that Wilber’s amazingness is inarguable.
“I have a body, but I am not my body,” the guru himself gently reminds his struggling partner. I might have whacked him proper within the aphorism.
Grace and Grit
Rated R for harsh phrases and hubristic psychobabble. Running time: 1 hour 51 minutes. In theaters and obtainable to hire or purchase on Apple TV, FandangoNow and different streaming platforms and pay TV operators.