Saturday night was the closing of the 13th annual San Diego Film Festival with the world premiere of You’re Not You, a drama based on a novel by the same name and directed by George C. Wolfe. The film stars Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum, and Josh Duhamel (who attended the screening). You’re Not You also has an all-star supporting cast featuring Ali Larter, Francis Fisher, Ernie Hudson, Loretta Devine, Jason Ritter, Marcia Gay Harden, and many more.
The film tells the story of Kate (Swank), an accomplished woman and former classical pianist married to Evan (Duhamel). The two have a seemingly perfect life full of love and good friends until Kate is diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gerhig’s disease), a degenerative and incurable disease. When it is time to find a new caregiver Kate takes a shot on Bec (Rossum), a wild college student who has never really been able to commit to anything in her life and has absolutely no experience in caring for another. While Kate and Evan’s relationship takes a turn for the worse, the bond between Bec and Kate grows stronger. Through even the worst and most unconventional circumstances, these two women actually see one another for who they really are while bringing out the best in each other. Through laughs, tears, and heartache, You’re Not You depicts the journey Kate and Bec take together in confronting their pasts and regrets, finding their true selves, and finally living life.
The entire cast gives an outstanding performance, but most notably are those given by Swank and Rossum. Hilary Swank is known for her excellence in dramatic roles and this film is no different. Rossum and Swank make a dynamic duo. They each give an engaging, heartfelt, and inspiring performance.
At the end of the film we were treated to a Q&A with Josh Duhamel led by Ben Lyons. We learned that Duhamel got the call to join the cast just two weeks before production began. He quickly began researching ALS to prepare for his role like many of the other actors did. One of the best resources available to the cast was working closely with caregivers who looked after people living with ALS. Swank, one of the films producers, had the closest connection with the film which allowed her a more in-depth study about ALS and the character, Kate, before the film went into production.
See You’re Not You when it hits theaters October 10th (limited release). Big congratulations to the San Diego Film Festival who put on yet another amazing event this year filled with highly anticipated studio and independent films.