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Third Star is an 2011 British film starring Benedict Cumberbatch, J.J. Feild, Tom Burke, Adam Robertson and Hugh Bonneville. It tells the story of James, a young man who has terminal cancer and less than a year to live. On his 29th birthday, he and his friends set out for one last trek to Barafundle Bay, James's favourite place on earth.
Provides examples of:
A Friend in Need: the ultimate dilemma at the climax of the film tests this amongst the friends.
Against the Setting Sun: the cast are seen walking along the clifftop against the setting sun after choosing to continue after a disaster.
Feather Motif: feathers appear several times within the film - falling from the air, offered as gifts and seen in the grass. There is also an appearance by a character wearing angel wings.
Fridge Horror: For the rest of his life, Miles will have to live with the knowledge that he essentially killed his best friend. Davy and Bill will have to live with the fact that they allowed this to happen, and it's likely that all three will take this secret to their graves.
James's talk with Davy, while tucked up in the tent, about why he allowed James to talk to him so cruelly but did not object in front of the others - "Loyalty, you prick."
Miles ruffling Bill's hair and making him laugh after he breaks down and throws the tree into the sea.
Davy embracing Miles after James has drowned in the bay, although their relationship throughout the film is more like Vitriolic Best Buds.
Happy Birthday to You: visibly sung at James's birthday party, although the singing is silent and overlaid with music and a voiceover.
Headbutt of Love: a version of this takes place between Davy and James in the tent at Barafundle Bay, while James is wracked with pain, before the others recover the morphine.
Homoerotic Subtext: subverted in the sense that the 'subtext' is perpetually Lampshaded by jokes and particularly jibes from Miles about Davy's supposed 'true feelings' or motivations toward James, creating something like a Friend Versus Lover dynamic, although there is no confirmation of any romantic relationship between any of the characters.
Intro-Only Point of View: the film is bookended with narration from James, although the majority of the film is told from an omnipotent perspective with focus on the ensemble, and each character shown in isolation at various points.
The Caretaker: Davy, who is noted to have been helping take care of James since being made redundant ( the script later informs that he had in fact secretly left his job to do so) is seen taking responsibility for his medication and welfare throughout the film.
The Heart: Bill, whose peaceable nature usually sees him mediating and placating the others. Also portrays the gentle spirituality of The Chick.