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|Originaltitel:||Five Feet Apart|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 116 Min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
In fact Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) is a normal teenage girl: She chats with her friends, has her own blog and her smartphone is her most faithful companion. But there is a very dramatic difference to other girls her age. Stella suffers from an incurable hereditary disease and spends a large part of her life in hospital. Here a strict rule applies: The girl must not come closer than 4 steps to her fellow patients. Otherwise, there is a risk of infection with their bacteria, which could be fatal in the worst case. Stella never even thought of breaking this rule - until she meets the charming and closed Will (Cole Sprouse), who turns her emotional world upside down. The two slowly approach each other and begin to see life with completely new eyes despite all hopelessness - if only there were not this rule…
In 2012 the filmmaker and actor Justin Baldoni had already worked on the celebrated documentary series "My last Days", in which people were portrayed who, despite their fatal illness, met their lives with much positive energy and enthusiasm. Among them was the late Claire Wineland, who suffered from cystic fibrosis. This encounter and the conversations with Claire have strongly influenced Baldoni and never let go. Thus the idea was born for his directorial debut "Drei Schritte zu Dir" ("Three Steps to You"), which the authors Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis transformed into a stirring original screenplay.
The result was a great success for a younger target group. Girls up to the age of 17 in particular are guaranteed to be moved by this special love story and will hardly bother about the fact that the characters not only suffer from incurable diseases, but also from considerable clichés. With Haley Lu Richardson and the former child star Cole Sprouse, known from the series "Riverdale", two leading actors were found with whom the target group can also identify well. The fact that the story is told in a very predictable and sometimes very thick way doesn't bother much.
From an adult's point of view, "Three Steps to You" may not be a very good film. There are just too many stereotypes, too clear lengths and too much teen kitsch, accompanied by a 08/15 soundtrack. But the film is not made for an older audience, but for young adults between the ages of 14 and 17. And they get their money's worth here and are guaranteed to leave the cinema with beating hearts and tears in their eyes. Thus, the movie fulfilled its goal and despite its weaknesses can also be described as "worth seeing".
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