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A Compelling Story of Love and Illness

June 01, 1998|SHARI ROAN

"Go Now"

Gramercy Pictures

Produced by Andrew Eaton

Directed by Michael Winterbottom

Now playing in Southern California movie theaters

88 minutes

Not rated (contains sexuality and profanity)

The discovery and ultimate acceptance of chronic illness and disability is nicely portrayed in this sweet movie starring Robert Carlyle of "The Full Monty" fame. Carlyle plays a Scotsman living in England who, shortly after falling in love, begins to have symptoms that eventually lead to a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

Despite the difficulty of listening to the thick accents of the actors, the movie beautifully depicts the struggle of a young man who is devastated by illness in the prime of his life. Equally touching is the story of how a couple can deal with illness in the context of their relationship.

The film may raise more questions about multiple sclerosis than it answers, however. Thus, the National MS Society is prepared to address questions about the movie for curious viewers. The MS Society can be reached at (800) 344-4867.

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