Country: United States
Category: Drama , Romance
Release Date: March 22, 2019
Director: Justin Baldoni
Starring: Cole Sprouse, Claire Forlani, Haley Lu Richardson
Age Restriction: 18 years
Duration: 110 minutes
Box Office: $
An upcoming romantic drama about two young people with cystic fibrosis is angering some in the community. Though the film aims to raise awareness of the life-shortening genetic disease, a number of advocates say it could do more harm than good.
The directorial debut of Jane the Virgin actor Justin Baldoni, Five Feet Apart stars Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse as cystic fibrosis patients in the same hospital who fall in love but aren’t allowed physical contact with each other due to their disease. The film’s title comes from the “six foot rule,” a guideline set by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation that says two patients must be kept at a minimum of six feet (two meters) apart to minimize the risk of cross infection.
About 70,000 people worldwide have cystic fibrosis, which is usually diagnosed at a young age. A progressive genetic disorder with no known cure, it causes constant lung infections and difficulty breathing. The life expectancy is about 40 years.
Five Feet Apart consulted with Claire’s Place Foundation, a cystic fibrosis advocacy group named in honor of the late Claire Wineland, a patient and well-known advocate who had worked with the film’s actors on creating a realistic portrayal of the disorder before she died in September.