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Dakota Fanning tries to complete her bucket list

The spectre of death hangs heavy over Ol Parker’s film, yet its defining theme is feeling alive.

An adaptation of Jenny Downham’s novel Before I Die, it sees teen terminal cancer sufferer Tessa (Dakota Fanning) trying to burn out rather than fade away - a plan that’s derailed when she falls in love with Adam (Jeremy Irvine).

Even for a subject matter such as this it’s nauseatingly twee.

Yet it stays forgivable thanks to a deftly sweet, sensitive script that is powered by the performances of an emphatic Fanning and Paddy Considine, who plays a distraught father with a sense of paternal warmth and depth.

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