Recently as I was searching Netflix for a movie to watch, I came across a film called “Kiss and Cry.” I assumed that the film would be a like any figure skating movie with some inaccuracies about the sport, but my assumptions were totally wrong. “Kiss and Cry” is no ordinary ice skating movie and is based on a true story. Below is a short summary of the movie.
In 2013, at the age of 17, Carley Allison’s life was like the lives of most serious figure skaters. The movie begins with her skating and completing the Canadian requirements that qualified her for elite training. I’m not totally familiar with Canadian figure skating tests, but I assume “Elite” is similar to US Figure Skating’s senior category, so Carley must have just passed the equivalent of what in the USA is known as the senior free skate test. She trained every day and had some good friends at the rink and also at school. She also had a very dedicated coach who worked her hard and expected great things of her.
In addition to training seriously at figure skating, Carley was a very talented singer and musician. She was also very beautiful. A boy named John was attracted to Carley’s beauty and smile. He also was impressed with her musical talents.
All was good until Carley began have trouble breathing. Skating was becoming more difficult, and at first, her coach thought she was perhaps eating the wrong foods and drinks, was partying, not sleeping for enough hours, and not taking care of herself. After going to the doctor, it was assumed she had asthma.
When Carley collapsed on her first date with John and is rushed to the hospital, it is discovered that she has a rare throat cancer. A trach was put in her throat so that she could breathe and she had to stop skating and going to school. Surgery to remove the tumor was scheduled followed by chemotherapy. Carley was able to return to the rink and to school. Things began to look up, but later, more sadness comes. Carley continues to smile and move forward.
There is much more to share about what happens next, but I won’t give away much more of what happens in this inspirational film since I highly recommend all figure skaters and their families see this movie. Sarah Fisher, Carley Allison’s best friend in real life, stars as Carley Allison in the film.
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