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The Fault In Our Stars [2014] (movie)

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AboutThe story takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States and is told from the viewpoint of sixteen-years-old Hazel Grace Lancaster, an intelligent and sarcastic teen coping with terminal thyroid cancer that has metastasized to her lungs. Believing that Hazel is depressed, Hazel's mother urges Hazel to attend a cancer patients' support group at a local church to make friends, a request Hazel reluctantly accepts.

At the support group, Hazel garners the attention of a teenage boy named Augustus Waters, whose unyielding stare frightens yet intrigues her. During the group discussion, Augustus confesses that his greatest fear is "oblivion", an answer which Hazel combats as foolish. The two bond immediately after the meeting, and Augustus invites Hazel to his house.

In Augustus' basement, the two confide their experiences with cancer. Augustus explains his osteosarcoma, which is luckily in remission but has led to the amputation of his leg. Before departing, the two agree to read each other's favorite novels. Hazel recommends to Augustus An Imperial Affliction, a novel that follows a cancer-stricken girl named Anna and parallels Hazel's own philosophies, stresses, and experiences regarding illness.

Augustus finishes reading An Imperial Affliction but is frustrated upon learning that the novel ends mid-sentence. Hazel verifies the cliffhanger ending and explains to Augustus that the novel's mysterious author, Peter Van Houten, had retreated to Amsterdam after the novel's publishing and has not been heard from since nor explained the novel's cryptic halt.

Weeks later, Augustus reveals to Hazel that he has tracked down Van Houten's assistant, Lidewij, and through her has managed to start email correspondence with Van Houten. Hazel writes to Van Houten with questions regarding the novel's ending. Van Houten eventually replies but explains he can only answer Hazel in person and invites Hazel to visit him in Amsterdam where he promises to address her directly.

Hazel proposes the trip to her mother but is rejected due to financial and medical constraints. Later, Augustus surprises Hazel with tickets to Amsterdam, attained through a charitable make-a-wish foundation. The two bond closer amid Hazel's concern over her health.

Days before the trip, Hazel suffers an episode of pleural effusion and is sent to the ICU, prompting her doctors to question the safety of Hazel travelling overseas. The medical team argues against the trip but eventually complies with Hazel's parents to accommodate her travel.

Hazel and Augustus finally meet Van Houten but are shocked to find that, instead of a prolific genius, Van Houten is a mean-spirited drunk. Lidewij confesses to having arranged the meeting on his behalf, angering Van Houten, who proceeds to insult Hazel's cancer and refuses to answer any of her questions. The two leave Van Houten's in anger and disappointment.

Accompanied by Lidewij, Hazel and Augustus visit the Anne Frank House. Hazel struggles to climb the house's vaulting staircases but finally succeeds in doing so. At the end of the tour, Augustus and Hazel share a romantic kiss. They then head back to the hotel and have sexual intercourse.

The following day, Augustus confesses that a recent PET scan revealed his cancer to have relapsed. Resolute, the two affirm their love and support for each other.

Upon returning to Indianapolis, Augustus' health worsens significantly. In his final days Augustus arranges a pre-funeral for himself requesting that Isaac—Augustus' blind best friend—and Hazel speak eulogies for him to witness. Hazel quotes Van Houten about "larger and smaller infinities" and confides that she would not trade their short time together for anything in the world. Augustus dies eight days later.

At the funeral, Hazel is astonished to find Van Houten in attendance. Van Houten explains that he and Augustus maintained correspondence since Amsterdam and that Augustus had demanded Van Houten make up for ruining their trip by attending his funeral. Van Houten confides in Hazel that his novel is based entirely on his own daughter, Anna, who died from cancer herself at a young age. In forgiveness, Van Houten attempts to reveal the fate of Anna's mother and gives her a piece of paper, but Hazel, still upset with his behavior, crumples up the paper and asks him to leave.

Later that day, in a conversation with Isaac, Hazel learns that Augustus had asked Van Houten for assistance in writing a eulogy for her. Realizing what Van Houten had given her, Hazel retrieves the crumpled paper. The film concludes with Hazel reading Augustus' words, in which Augustus confides his acceptance of death and his love for Hazel, a sentiment she returns.

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