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Having read Paulo Coelho’s Veronika Decides to Die, I decided to watch the movie adaptation with an open mind. We all know how movies based on books goes and I didn’t expect much from the film.

Boy was I surprised to find out that the movie adaptation of Veronika Decides to Die managed to maintain the intensity and emotions that are conveyed in the book. It might not be as detailed as what Paulo Coelho wrote but it successfully portrayed what Veronika (Sarah Michelle Gellar) was going through.

In case you haven’t read the book yet, Veronika seemed to have everything going for her. She is good looking with a good job. But she decided to end her life. She was unsuccessful in her attempt and ended up in a mental facility where she met other “insane” people ran by Dr. Blake (David Thewlis).

Dr. Blake (David Thewlis): I took a risk in lying to her about her condition and decided to test the only remedy I happen to have faith in… awareness of life.

After her suicide attempt, Veronika was diagnosed with a heart condition and was told that she has a few weeks left to live. It was during this period that she met the catatonic Edward (Jonathan Tucker), fell in love and discover the meaning of life. One day they decided to escape from the hospital and enjoy the miracle of life one day at a time. What they don’t know is that her heart condition was cured and she has a lifetime to spend with Edward.

Veronika Decides to Die tackled issues such as depression and suicide and yet you wouldn’t feel like taking your own life after watching it. Sarah Michelle Gellar proved to the critics that she’s not just Buffy and she can really act. Plus it features wonderful cinematography and soundtrack. The script was brilliantly written to make Paulo Coelho proud.

Veronika Decides to Die the movie captured the essence of the book. This is one movie that you’ll love even if you read the novel. It is definitely a must-see.

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