Nationalism and Other Drugs

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Nationalism and Other Drugs

Illustration: Akshita Monga/ Arré

“A

ccept the good.”

That is the parting message, which Jerry leaves for Audrey in the 2007 flick, Things We Lost in the Fire, that inspired the above title. Jerry is her dead husband’s best friend and a man riddled with addiction, but Audrey helps him even though his familiar presence is a painful reminder of their loss. Their relationship is complicated by the loss of a spouse, a heroin habit, and the growing pains of fatherless children. Pushed away, Jerry relapses, until Audrey returns to give him strength, while she is able to give closure to her husband’s unfulfilled dream of ridding Jerry of his disease.

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