Cancer in Two Voices (1994)

Genres - Health & Fitness  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Illnesses & Disabilities, Interpersonal Relationships, Sociology  |   Run Time - 43 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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This documentary pragmatically examines the effects of a terminal disease on the patient and her lesbian companion. Barbara Rosenblum and Sandy Butler are two Jewish professors who have been involved in a happy committed relationship. In 1985, Barbara was diagnosed with breast cancer. The film covers the three years after the diagnosis and is done with a series of interviews in their San Francisco home. Barbara feels obligated to be an example for her other friends who may deal with cancer in the future. Sandy must go through the stages of grief, including anger as she watches her lover begin to fade. Sandy becomes frustrated when she begins to feel renewed heterosexual urges. The last interview was recorded in 1988 three weeks before Barbara died.

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cancer, grief, lesbianism, terminal-illness