My Sister’s Keeper (2009) Hollywood Movie Review
My Sister’s Keeper is a story about a younger sister who can provide a donor match to her elder sister who is under treatment for leukemia. Years after the medical procedures, the healthy younger sibling sues her parents for the right to decide how her body is used. The Book “My Sister’s Keeper” has been one of the Amazon’s top seller and the movie is equally great.
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[ReviewAZON asin=”1439157383″ display=”inlinepost”]Genres: Drama and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 46 min.
Release Date: June 26th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic content, some disturbing images, sensuality, language and brief teen drinking.
Distributors: New Line Cinema
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin, Jason Patric, Joan Cusack
Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
Produced by: Mark S. Kaufman, Diana Pokorny, Stephen Furst
My Sister’s Keeper – A Story of struggle for existence – A mom’s war to keep her daughter diagnosed with cancer alive, the famly’s struggle to support the mom and her sick daughter, a sister’s struggle to value the elder sister’s wishes, a cancer patient’s struggle to save her family from the death her disease is causing, and lastly a lawyer’s struggle to establish an individual’s rights on his/her own body parts.
Anna Fitzgerald (Abigail Breslin ), a 11 year-old girl, sues her parents for medical emancipation with the help of Campbell Alexander (Alec Baldwin), a mauverick lawyer, to have control over her own body. She is a total biological match for her sister, Kate (Sofia Vassilieva) who has leukemia. When Kate was just a few years old, she was diagnosed with cancer. Her parents Sara (Cameron Diaz) and Brian (Jason Patric) and her elder brother Jesse, were not biologocal matche for her. The doctors advised the Fitzgerald couple to have another baby, whom they can genetically ensure to be Kate’s perfect match as a body part donor. And that was how and why Anna came to the world. And she has been donating ever since she was five, when she started donating blood, a year later she donated granules, the next year she donated bone marrow. And now she is eleven, and she has to donate her kidney. She has to live the rest of her life very carefully, staying away from sports and other activities that require physical exhaustion. And this time, for the first time in her life, she protests sueing her parents.
The film travels back and forth from present to the past, diving into the happenings in the past, comminicating with the present with the eyes of the Fitzgerald family members and Sara’s sister, the only near relative who helps the family with ther everyday struugle and trauma. The family apparently looks like a happy one, sharing their happiness and struggles, but underneath flows grieve and insecurity that none dares to talk about. But Anna bringing them to court, the reality once again they are forced to face with.
Sara was once a lawyer, but now she was just stay-home mom taking care of her kids, esp. Kate. cooking healthy food, all organic. She and her husband have never paid any attetion to their other kids. Kate had taken all their time and devotion. But she now goes back to the court to fight Anna and her lawyer. She has tried to talk to Anna, who did not respond very well expect saying that she is not any more willing to donate her body parts to Kate, even if it means death to her older sister. She does not want to live her life being half sick for any one else. All the mental preparations she has undergone all these years go to vain.
In this courtroom, it is proved that nobody ever sought Anna’s permission for taking her body parts, and the only thing she has ever gained out of this whole affair is to do the great sacrifice of saving her sister’s life. And she is too young to understand about being benevolent. Sara tries to convince the world that there is none to stand for Kate expect her. Alexander raises the question – Who stands for Anna? Anna has been made to give her body parts ever since she was a baby, she had giant needles put into her body, she screamed no one helped, not even her own family, and all these led to medical complications and hospitalizations. But the storry takes a turn when Jesse blurts out in the court that Anna is not doing this for herself, but for Kate who does not want to live any more. The judge declares that she would go to see Kate in the hospital, before she concludes anything.
Kate has been very sick since she was just a few years old. She has always been used to getting importance, which was not her fault, but she grew up she understood that she has taking all the time and attentions of her parents to which were her siblings have equal rights. She feels sorry for the way things have happened, but promises herself to make them better.
Sara was very self-centered all this time who would not understand anything else. She would not give up, and has been struggling for 14 years. Even when the doctors, her sister and her husband, and
Kate thinks it is time to give up, Sara wont. She looked very selfish with the others, even to her other kids. But she was she the only person being so blind. They never raised the ethical issue that the child they want to donate body parts may not be willing to do so.
Anna did not understand why the others of her family got to live and her elder sister Kate had to die. Death is just death. Nobody understands it.
No matter why she came to his world, they fact still remains that she had a sister, a very great one, and she is sure to meet her sometime again somewhere. Every year on Kate’s birthday they go to her favorite place in Montana.
- The films deals with medical ethics and a family’s struggle to make all their reations work. It also focuses acutely ona mom’s fight against her daughter’s destiny which kind of overlapps with hers, too. The film portrays every details of the matters it focuses on very realistically, which is a positive side of the film. Kate’s friendship with another guy whom she meets at the cancer hospital, their friendship and cruel parting off due to destiny once again tells a story of support and friendship within the main story.
- Sara’s shaving off her head, her husband’s threatening her to go to the beach or get divorced, a day at the beach tells of their deep bondings to their loved ones.
- The film’s minus point is the back and forth picturization of the same things over and over again- the pain, despair and agaony related to the family. Some scenes could have been shortened.
- Overall it is a different kind of a film, not too commercial and very realistic. But it is certainly somwhow lengthy for the theme.
- The music is good and soft in many places, but probably background songs have been overused in a couple of places.
- The cast is great and everyone is brilliant. But Abigail Breslin as Anna certainly grabs all the attention. She has a great deal of potential.
Movie Review by CT Reporter Shrabanti Basu from USA.
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