I saw this today with a friend. I wasn't prepared for this, but I cried in parts. I very rarely cry at films or TV, but it got me a few times.
I really enjoyed it and would see it again. We missed the beginning, though probably only about 5 or 10 minutes. We thought that we had timed it perfectly.
It has a great soundtrack too! I still have "Heroes" by David Bowie in my head.
Is Aunt Helen in the movie? (she's at the tail end of the cast list on IMDB. Considering her impact is big on the character I was surprised if it were a small role).
She is in flashbacks.
I had read the book beforehand but I totally forgot that
That's a big plot line to forget about!