A Long Way Down (2014)

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Four lost souls—a disgraced TV presenter, a foul-mouthed teen, an isolated single mother, and a solipsistic muso—decide to end their lives on the same night, New Year's Eve. When this disillusioned quartet of strangers meet unintentionally at the same suicide hotspot, a London high-rise with the well-earned nickname Topper's Tower, they mutually agree to call off their plans for six weeks, forming an unconventional, dysfunctional family. They become media sensations as the Topper House Four and search together for the reasons to keep on living.

"A Long Way Down" is a 2014 dark comedy-drama film directed by Pascal Chaumeil, adapted from the well-known Nick Hornby's novel of the same name. The movie stars Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots as four suicidal complete strangers who form an unconventional support system.

The story begins on New Year's Eve, atop a popular suicide area in London - Toppers House - where four individuals satisfy for the first time, each meaning to jump. Martin Sharp, a disgraced former television speaker just recently released from prison; Maureen Thompson, a single mom to a boy with a severe impairment; Jess Crichton, the neglected child of a popular politician; and JJ Maguire, an ex-musician fighting with a diminishing career and terminal health problem.

The four are disrupted by their mutual intent and with the coincidence of conference others with the exact same objective, decide to form a pact delaying their suicide for six weeks up until Valentine's Day - the next popular suicide date.

Progression and Conflict
An unusual bond types amongst the group members as they start to hang around together. It shows to be a safe area for each one, an escape from their isolation and an outlet to share their private struggles and fears, all while they attempt to browse survival amidst their pact. As the media quickly caught up on their story, they make a factor for being at the roof - a birthday party.

In the quest to feel alive again, they all take a holiday together. Over a meal, Jess and Maureen decide to postpone their plan indefinitely, while Martin and JJ fix brand-new dates to end their lives. Friction grows however they decide to stick. The preliminary phony rooftop story becomes real as Jess throws an impromptu birthday celebration for JJ back at Toppers House. When they all return to the roofing system later - Valentine's Day - they agree to abort their pact.

Martin, who had prepared to leap, saves the group from a media onslaught when he lies mentioning they were there for a follow up to the fabricated celebration. They all part methods and voice-over epilogues expose their future. Martin goes back to his household, Jess becomes a more accountable adult, JJ is motivated to reboot his music career, and Maureen's child shows signs of healing. In the end, they reunite at Toppers House, genuinely commemorating as they eagerly anticipate their lives ahead.

"A Long Way Down" is a dark yet heartening movie that explores the theme of suicide. Regardless of the grim theme, it brings a mix of comedy and drama trying to highlight the value of human connection, emphasizing on how collective understanding and companionship can motivate individuals to discover light in their darkest hours. That even in the face of misery, life holds unanticipated surprises and lovely reasons to live for.

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