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Stage Four: A Love Story
Feature Length Documentary
Director: Benjamin Steger
73min; USA


Stage Four: A Love Story is a moving documentary about life partners, Mary Jo and George. After weathering the ups and downs of a full but difficult marriage, they are approaching retirement and hope to enter the gentle twilight of their lives. Fate has other plans, though, as Mary Jo unexpectedly receives a diagnosis of stage four breast cancer. Taken by surprise, they must navigate the unfamiliar and intimidating world of cancer treatment and determine a course of action. Mary Jo’s acceptance of the disease comes into conflict with George’s desire for her to battle it. As they consider how much time they may have left together, they wrestle with and then leave behind old quarrels, regrets, and unresolved pain allowing their love to blossom to its fullest expression.