My Sister's Keeper
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Is it right to do whatever it takes to save a child's life? Cameron Diaz (There's Something About Mary, Shrek films) stars as a mother whose daughter is diagnosed with a fatal form of leukemia. In a desperate bid to save the life of her first daughter (Abigail Breslin--Little Miss Sunshine, No Reservations), she bears another daughter--specially conceived and implanted to be an ideal donor for her older sister. Now, 11 years later, that second child has undergone countless invasive procedures, blood donations, bone marrow donations--and now her sister needs a kidney. Is it right for a mother to ask one daughter to sacrifice so much for another? Should a child be able to decide for herself how much she will sacrifice for her sister?]]>
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When the action starts, we meet the members of the Fitzgerald family who endure endless emotional angst and suffering because tragically one of the Fitzgerald children, Kate (Sofia Vassilieva) is very ill with cancer--yet again. Now that Kate's kidneys have failed her; Kate's life is in immediate jeopardy. We also meet Kate's sister Anna (Abigail Breslin) who was a tube baby created for the purpose of contributing one thing or another from her own body to save Kate's life repeatedly throughout the years. Cameron Diaz plays Sara Fitzgerald, a mother who bravely scraps her lucrative career as a lawyer to take care of her daughter Kate at any cost and there's Kate's father Brian (Jason Patric).
Although Anna has given blood, bone marrow and more in the past to keep her sister Kate alive, all of a sudden Anna throws the family into complete turmoil when she hires crackerjack lawyer Campbell Alexander (Alec Baldwin) to win medical emancipation from her parents. Sara and Brian are stunned, to say the least; Sara is furious with Anna, too. The ensuing court scenes with Judge De Salvo (Joan Cusack) are quite memorable.Read more ›
Her name is Anna Fitzgerald (Abigail Breslin), who by all accounts would be a normal girl were it not for the fact that her sister, Kate (Sophia Vassilieva), is slipping further and further away. Their mother, Sara (Cameron Diaz), handles the situation as best she can, having given up her career as a lawyer to spend all her time at home. Naturally, she only thinks about keeping her daughter alive, which is why she has no qualms about using her other daughter's body for spare parts. She feels, quite understandably, that subjecting Anna to medical procedures isn't as hard as the thought of burying Kate. But in all those years, did she ever ask Anna how she feels about her role? Does the fact that she's a minor mean she doesn't have a say in this? Hoping to convince her parents that she does, she appeals to Campbell Alexander (Alec Baldwin), a defense attorney with a 91% success rate.Read more ›
I watched this movie for the first time two years ago, three days after my preteen cousin died of cancer. Five days after my grandmother died of complications of a fall and was dieing of cancer. Both of them died within two months of being told they had at least six months. I find it ironic my sisters and I chose to watch this movie at the time. But then again in hind sight, watching a movie about a young girl dying of cancer was like talking to someone who knew what it was like without saying anything.
Watching it again two years latter only reaffirms my love and belief of the film. I read a number of negative and positive reviews. The honest truth is until you have lived that experience can you understand how complicated the situation is. And my opinion is that the script and actors handled the complex emotions extremely well. For all the negative reviewers who said Sara Fitzgerald played by Cameron Diaz, came off as a "heartless bitch" dose not understand that she was playing a desperate mother trying to save her child and was unwilling to stop fighting to save her life. I rate her performance as excellent. Having all the nuances of being partially neurotic, desperate and in denial. The film showed many truths, and showed perfectly how people hold strong and fall apart all at the same time.
Again, I have not yet read the book. But I feel that all of the characters and the script were handled incredibly well. The movie gives you a complete and complex picture of how a family falls apart and comes together again. How younger siblings can bind together stronger that what is expected. How parents can accept the death of a child who accepts death first.Read more ›
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I couldn't stop myself from crying while watching this flick. The tears just came flowing. It was THAT great.Published 21 days ago by Brooke Manfield
Great movie but definitely have your tissues...great chick flick👍Published 28 days ago by Gina M. Abel
So beautifully heartbreaking. It's one of those stories that you know is going to hurt your heart, but you endure the abuse anyway because it hurts so good.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer