Sometimes, the only way to heal a dysfunctional family is through death.

Philip somehow reached his forties without ever committing to anything–at least, nothing that matters to his parents or his almost-fiancee Elise. But then his sister Danielle informs him that Gus, his estranged father, is dying of lung cancer. Elise views their reconciliation as symbolic of Philip’s ability to commit to family, and thus, to their future together. But when Philip’s half-hearted attempts fail to break through the protective shield his mother maintains around morphine-addled Gus, Elise is ready to give up on him. As Gus’s health deteriorates, Philip’s last hope is a showdown that no one – including Philip – thinks he has in him.

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