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Culture Express : Life is a ripple of love and fear

【明報專訊】Looking back at the past, who do you recall to be the hero or villain of your life?

"Life itself tricks us. It misleads us. It paints one man a hero when he may well be a villain," says Abby (Olivia Wilde) in the film — Life Itself. "Maybe the heroes and villains of our stories are just day players in a much bigger movie."

Similar to many other couples, Abby and Will (Oscar Isaac) fall in love in college, get married and prepare to bring their first child into the world. Their unexpected journey of twists ripples out through continents and generations.

Their story is linked to Dylan (Olivia Cooke), a troubled young woman trying to resolve her emotional entanglements, Irwin (Mandy Patinkin), bringing up his granddaughter in a perilous(非常危險的)world, Mr Saccione (Antonio Banderas), a wealthy landlord in Spain, plantation manager Javier (Sergio Peris-Mencheta) and his family.

With an esteemed cast and settings that range from the crowded streets of Manhattan to sunbathed olive groves in the Spanish countryside, Life Itself explores common dichotomies(對立) between luck and misfortune, triumph and tragedy, and steers the viewers through the intricacies(錯綜複雜)of life itself.

Title: Life Itself (《生命中的美好意外》)

Release Date: 6 December 2018

Director: Dan Fogelman

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Olivia Cooke, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Laia Costa, Mandy Patinkin, Samuel L. Jackson

Genre: Drama

Category/Duration: IIB/118mins

Language: English and occasionally Spanish (with Chinese subtitles)

Distributor: UA Films & Intercontinental Film Distributors (HK)

■Giveaway

UA Films & Intercontinental Film Distributors (HK) are giving away 10 tickets of Life Itself to Ming Pao readers! To get them, answer the question and send it with your full name, address and phone number to english@mingpao.com. The giveaway closes on 4 December 2018. 5 lucky readers will be picked and each will be given 2 complimentary tickets. Winners will be individually notified.

■Question

Share an unexpected but precious experience that you have had.

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■Text: Karen Lee

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