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Film / Five Feet Apart

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"Let me guess. You’re the kind of guy that ignores the rules because it makes you feel in control. Am I right?"

Five Feet Apart is a 2019 American romantic drama film directed by Justin Baldoni and written by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. The film stars Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson as two teenagers suffering from cystic fibrosis who fall in love, but are hindered by always being required to keep a certain distance away from each other to prevent the risk of danger.

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  • Bittersweet Ending:The final scene of the movie is heartbreaking. Will tells Stella that his drug trial isn't working, and he doesn't want Stella to have to deal with him dying. Will tells her to close her eyes, because he won't be able to leave if she's looking at him. She does and he walks away. The only thing saving it from a straight Downer Ending is that Stella gets a lung transplant, buying her some more time, and her receiving his sketchbook.
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  • Bury Your Gays: The only character to die in the film is Poe, a young gay man.
  • Control Freak: Stella. Justified, as she craves control over her life and being responsible helps keep her alive.
  • Covered with Scars: Both the leads are, from past surgeries.
  • Crying Wolf: Poe frequently presses his call button as a prank. When he actually needs it, the nurse doesn't hurry to him, and he dies.
  • Danger: Thin Ice: Stella falls through the ice while she and Will are arguing.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Though they affirm their love, Will leaves Stella in the end, and due to their illnesses they're not even able to physically share their love except for a brief Kiss of Life.
  • Dying Alone: Stella's sister died when cliff-jumping alone, and Stella is haunted by the fact she wasn't there for her.
  • Hope Spot: Right after Poe talks about getting back together with his ex and letting love into his life, he dies.
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  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Will tells Stella in the end about the importance of letting go of what you love, and that he doesn't want to hurt her by making her watch him die or accidentally infecting her.
  • Kiss of Life: Will administers this to Stella after she falls through ice, and it works. Subverted in that the action is less romantic than it is full of dire consequences with the risk of infection.
  • Meaningful Echo: Stella repeats Will's words about living life to the fullest to convince him to go see the lights with her.
  • Mood Whiplash: Stella, Will and Poe have a great dinner together with all their friends after Stella sets up a game for Will. Poe dies shortly after.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: After Poe dies, Stella laments that she never even got to hug him, despite him being her best friend.
  • Opposites Attract: Strait-laced rule-abiding Stella is attracted to the rebellious, risk-taking Will.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Will, which is what attracts Stella to him, against her initial disdain.
  • Recycled INSPACE: It's been compared a lot to The Fault in Our Stars, but with cystic fibrosis instead of cancer. It's just as poignant, too.
  • Wham Line: When Barb reveals that Will's drug trial isn't working.

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