The Memory Keeper's Daughter
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I never read the book, but because of the poor reviews here, I will. However,I just watched this for the second time on TV and loved it (again).Yes, it's "cheesey" as one other reviewer put it but no more so than many,many other made for TV movies.I like "cheesey" or as I'd rather say "sappy".I'm not looking for a blockbuster of a movie on Lifetime. It's the type of movie you'd expect from them.I did have a few tears run down my cheek at the end.( sappy )If you're looking for a great production...look elsewhere but if you want the type of movie Lifetime puts out....go for it. I didn't have any trouble following along having not read the book.
Dr. David Henry (Dermot Mulroney), a successful orthopedic doctor, is married to the beautiful Norah (Gretchen Mol) and their lives are becoming changed by their pregnancy. On a stormy winter night in Kentucky Norah goes into labor and the Henry's rush to a nearby clinic where David delivers his wife (the doctor is caught in a snowstorm) with the assistance of his old friend, nurse Caroline Gill (Emily Watson). After the delivery of a perfect boy child (Paul) Norah continues to be in labor and (surprisingly...) delivers an unexpected (!) twin girl.Read more ›
This made for Lifetime TV Movie feels more like half a story than a full movie. At points you can see that there is a good story that underlies the film, but the script doesn't take the time to develop the characters or explore the emotional aspects of the story, and without these pieces you can't make a really great film. Instead, the movie is paced like a TV show, quickly jumping between key events with little or no plot or character development. You are left wondering why certain characters act as they do as the story quickly moves to the next plot point. The movie also has a high made-for-TV cheese factor, with plenty of over acting and dramatic music.
I wish the "Memory Keeper's Daughter" had received better treatment--writing, directing, acting, etc--because I really do think it could have been a good film. I'm still interested in reading the book, even though I was soundly disappointed by this adaptation.
Not worth it. Rent it from a library or something, but read the book first. So please buy the book and support the author instead of contributing to the movie industry that made an award winning book a mess.
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