‘Five’ is an original movie, an anthology of five short films about the impact of breast cancer on people’s lives, that is premiering on October 10, 2011, on Lifetime TV. The film’s parts are directed by Demi Moore, Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Patty Jenkins and Penelope Spheeris. Five premiered on September 26, 2011, and was attended by the directors. Pictures of the premiere are attached in a slideshow.
‘Five’ consists of five short films about breast cancer directed by five women, including Charlotte by Demi Moore; Cheyanne by Penelope Spheeris; Lili by Alicia Keys; Mia by Jennifer Aniston; and Pearl by Patty Jenkins. The film premieres on October 10, in the midst of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Five highlights the shared experience of each short film’s title character from the moment of diagnosis. One character ties the stories together, Pearl, who is introduced in the first film, Charlotte, and becomes an oncologist.
Five’s opening film, Charlotte, was directed by Demi Moore and written by Stephen Godchaux. The key character is young Pearl (Ava Acres), in 1969, whose family will not let her see her mother, Charlotte (Ginnifer Goodwin – Big Love), who is dying of breast cancer. Pearl sneaks into her mother’s room to say goodbye and develops a lifelong passion to help others stricken with the disease. She ultimately opens an oncology clinic where she will treat the women seen in the other films in Five. Charlotte also stars Jeanne Tripplehorn, Josh Holloway, Annie Potts, Jennifer Morrison and Bob Newhart.
In Cheyanne, directed by Penelope Spheeris and written by Howard Morris, sexy young stripper Cheyanne (Lyndsy Fonseca) who is diagnosed with breast cancer and finds that and her handsome newlywed husband Tommy (Taylor Kinney) have to struggle to redefine themselves and their relationship. Cheyanne’s severe diagnosis requires aggressive treatment and ultimately results in the removal of both of her breasts.Her life is changed physically, financially and emotionally.
Lili, directed by Alicia Keys and written by Jill Gordon, follows Lili (Rosario Dawson), whose sister (Tracee Ellis Ross) helps in tell their hard-nosed mother (Jenifer Lewis) about her breast cancer diagnosis. The three women work through their issues and Lili gets support from her mother and sister. Lili also stars Jeffrey Tambor as a male patient diagnosed with breast cancer.
Mia, directed by Jennifer Aniston and written by Wendy West, is the story of Mia (Patricia Clarkson Prohibition) and her two year journey from diagnosis, including giving away her worldly possessions, a mock funeral and a second marriage to Mitch (Tony Shalhoub – Monk), the new love of her life. Mia also features Kathy Najimy as Mia’s friend Rocky.
In Pearl, directed by Patty Jenkins and written by Deirdre O’Connor, Pearl (Jeanne Tripplehorn Big Love, Grey Gardens). Pearl is the successful oncologist who lost her mother in the first film. Dagnosed with breast cancer, finding herself in the patient’s seat, she comes to understand her parents on the night her mother died in 1969. Pearl finds the strength to reassure her daughter, something she missed as a child. Pearl also stars Patricia Clarkson, Tony Shalhoub, Jeffrey Tambor, Bob Newhart, Rosario Dawson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Jenifer Lewis.
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