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Why a movie made such a huge impact on my life

November 25, 2021
An extraordinary movie, “Breaking Away,” once reached for my soul and lifted it higher and higher in a year where I had descended to the lowest point in my life months earlier trying to escape the prison of depression. It was a simple movie that first greeted audiences 42 years ago. I remember it...
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