Jennifer Aniston, Cake, and Chronic Pain

In the new film Cake, coming out nationwide on Friday, Jennifer Aniston portrays Claire, a woman suffering from chronic pain, who finds herself learning how to deal with the suicide of a member in her chronic pain support group. While Aniston has received rave reviews for her performance, we’re curious to see the film ourselves. How is chronic pain portrayed? It is one of the first times chronic pain has ever been the subject of a narrative film, let alone one starring a major actress like Aniston.

So far, it seems many with chronic pain have reached out to the actress to say thank you for giving voice to pain that is often dismissed as “not real,”or “easily fixable,” as Aniston says in today’s TODAY show interview with Robin Roberts. Directed by Daniel Barnes, the film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014 to a standing ovation.

Will you be going to see Cake? When you see it, let us know what you think in the comments! The trailer is below for you to view, as well.

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