Wednesday, October 13, 2010

#98 DZP - My Sister's Keeper


Not the best movie to watch when hormones are raging and emotions are bouncing off the wall. But I loved it just the same! I plan to watch it again and again, probably for the fact that it makes me appreciate my life and everything I have.

Beforehand, I've clearly never seen this movie and obviously never heard what it was about, but I love Cameron Diaz and  Abigail Breslin, so I wanted to watch this for sure. Nevertheless, I cried throughout the whole movie, couldn't sleep because my eyes were too puffy to close, and the nose/water-works kept rolling on.

For those of you who have no clue about this movie either, here's a recap from Wikipedia:

Conceived by means of in vitro fertilization, Anna Fitzgerald (Abigail Breslin) was brought into the world to be a genetic match for her older sister, Kate (Sofia Vassilieva), who suffers from acute promyelocytic leukemia, in order to keep her alive. Her family members are introduced one by one and each tell about how Kate's illness has affected them personally and the family. When Kate turns 15, she goes into renal failure. Anna knows that she will be forced by her parents to donate a kidney. Anna tells her parents that she does not want any of this, and proceeds to sue them for medical emancipation and the rights to her own body. Her overprotective mother, Sara (Cameron Diaz), who leads an almost obsessive campaign to keep Kate alive, regardless of what it takes, is indignant at Anna's decision and even strikes her across the face when she receives the notice of intended prosecution. Attorney Campbell Alexander (Alec Baldwin) agrees to work for Anna as her guardian ad litem, suing for partial termination of parental rights. It is later learned he agreed to take the case not for the notoriety, but because he has epilepsy and understands her predicament of not having control over one's own body.

The movie shows "flashbacks" of memories between the sisters, the family, Kate's boyfriend Taylor, etc.  Then during Anna's case hearing, Anna and Kate's older brother, Jesse, reveals that Anna's actions are actually under Kate's instruction; Kate, not wanting to live any longer, and knowing Sara refuses to hear any option other than her desired one, had gently persuaded Anna to refuse to donate her kidney. Sara is indignant at this discovery, but is finally forced by both Jesse and Brian to realise that Kate had been trying to tell her this for some time.

Before the case is settled, Kate dies in her sleep at the hospital with her mother by her side. After Kate's death, Campbell brings the court decision – Anna won the case. The family moves on with their lives, being changed by Kate's death, but every year on Kate's birthday they go to Montana, which was her "most favorite place in the world." Anna also wonders why Kate had to die but she got to live. At the end, Anna says that their relationship continues because she will see Kate again.

So you can see, my poor hormones had it coming with this film.

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