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At the sprightly age of eighty-six, Laura Henkel decides to go on a river cruise in Europe with her granddaughter, Sam, to fulfill a childhood dream of visiting Vienna. However, after a harrowing fall followed by a life-threatening case of pneumonia, she returns to Australia with a transformed view of her future. She tells her daughter Cathy that she wishes to end her life on her own terms. She wants to be in control of the process, to set the time and place, and be allowed to go with dignity.
Initially she plans on doing this in her home in Ballina, but after hearing about a clinic in Switzerland where her right to do this with her family by her side is legal, she shifts her focus. She begins the arduous process of applying to the clinic online and tells her daughter and granddaughter she'd like them to go with her and be with her in her final moments. She also asks them, both filmmakers, to make a film about it. She wants to make some noise about the right for elderly people to choose where and when they die.
Laura's Choice exposes and explores complex and often taboo questions as three generations of women travel into uncharted territory and navigate the legal, moral, ethical and emotional issues that arise from Laura's wish to end her life, on her own terms.
ATOM has also produced a study guide for Laura's Choice. This study guide is available for download here.
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