MY SISTER’S KEEPER

Genre: Drama

Director: Nick Cassavetes

(C) 2009 New Line Cinema Classics Production

Synopsis

Brian and Sara Fitzgerald were devastated when they found out that their infant daughter, Kate, had a leukemia. Even more so when the doctor told them that they couldn’t donor their cord blood to Kate because their chromosome didn’t match. They were then suggested to had another child, a child whose chromosome would be a perfect match to Kate’s in order to be a donor.
Since she was a newborn, Anna Fitzgerald had undergone several tests and operations to save her sister. Cord blood, bone marrow, white-cells were some of the things Anna gave to Kate. Eleven years later, when her sister Kate needed a kidney transplant and Anna was supposed to give one of her own, Anna thought she had enough. She didn’t want to do the operation. Instead, she sold her gold locket and used the money to hire a lawyer, a Mr. Campbell Alexander, and to sue her own parents for the right to her own body.

Cast

Jason Patric as Brian Fitzgerald

A loving and caring father for his three children, and a good husband as well. He’s a fire fighter.

Cameron Diaz as Sara Fitzgerald

Sara was a lawyer but she gave up her career in order to look after her daughter Kate. She was a tough mom who fought death for her daughter’s life and she never gave up, but perhaps she was a little bit too much…She needed to learn to let go.

Evan Ellingson as Jesse Fitzgerald

The eldest amongst the three. He was a quiet boy but it was obvious that he loved his sisters (He drew a portrait of Kate–though he later torn it into pieces). He was lacking the attention of his parents but he never complained. He actually suffered from dyslexia.

Sofia Vassilieva as Kate Fitzgerald

The eldest daughter in the family. One thing that made her sad the most is the fact that not only her disease was killing her, but it was also killing her family (figuratively speaking). It was amazing that she was still able to smile wide even though she was in pain.

Abigail Breslin as Anna Fitzgerald

The youngest daughter of Brian and Sara. She loved her sister and actually didn’t mind taking care of Kate. She seemed older than her actual age. When she went to a lawyer to express her intention to sue her parents and afterward she continued on into the courtroom, she displayed a truly courageous act of a girl her age.

Alec Baldwin as Campbell Alexander

A notorious lawyer with 91% successful rate. He had an iron lung, therefore he had a service dog named Judge (it was amusing when he said “Quiet Judge!” to his dog in the courtroom and the ‘real’ judge was like “what??”). Although Anna didn’t pay him much, Campbell agreed to take her case–Later we found out that Campbell understood what it was like not to have control over one’s own body, since he suffered from epilepsy.

Joan Cusack as Joan De Salvo

The judge who took Anna’s case. She was a mother who had just had her 12 years old daughter got killed by a drunk driver.

Review

Either I’m a crybaby or this movie is really good at eliciting and stirring emotions. Hmm…wait a minute. Nick Cassavetes–he also directed The Notebook…yup, I also cried watching that one movie. If you’re a fan of drama and haven’t watched The Notebook, you should definitely watch it. It’s really romantic ^^

Back to My Sister’s Keeper… It’s actually difficult to determine who is the main character of the movie, because each character has his/her own share in narrating the story. It is one of the interesting aspects of this movie. This way we could understand each character’s thoughts and feelings, and perhaps even relate to them.

Some scenes in the movie are truly heart-breaking. For example is the scene when 5 years old Anna had to donate her bone marrow–when she was brought to the operation table she was struggling and screaming “I want my daddy! I want my mommy!” it’s obvious that she was scared. And we could see the expression of her father–he’s really torn. Another heart-breaking scene is when Kate finally able to tell her mom that she was ready to go. She knew that her mother strongly rejected the idea of her dying, so Kate used the scrapbook she made and smoothly talked to Sara about the past: “Remember that summer when I went away to camp? And I was so scared that I’d miss you guys… before I got on the bus, you told me to take a seat on the left side right next to the window so I’d be able to look back and see you there.” long pause and then she said: “I get the same seat now.” to explain that she was ready whenever death took her. And Sara started sobbing upon realizing what her daughter intended to convey to her…

My Sister’s Keeper addresses the basic issue of life: dying, and death. How a dying person perceives his/her situation, and how his/her family react to it. This is eye-opening, and I would especially recommend this movie to every social worker out there. Hello! I think this movie would interest you.

Lastly, here’s a verse I wrote a little while back…

If you glance quick enough pass your shoulder,
maybe you can see it. Death.
Because it follows us everyday, everywhere.
And it’s getting closer by seconds.
But we can never know when it will strike.
Only one thing about death we know for certain:
Death is inevitable.
You cannot run from it, you cannot cheat it.
It’ll come and get you, eventually.
Don’t get me wrong, we shouldn’t fear death.
It is death that gives meaning to life.
Without death, we won’t appreciate life.
Knowimg that we can’t life forever
makes us try to live our lives to the fullest.
So when the end is finally comes,
when the show’s over, the curtain’s drawn,
and we have to leave the stage,
we can sigh gladly and say, “That was fun!”
 

Ending

___________________________*!SPOILER ALERT!*______________________________

Anna’s suing her parents wasn’t actually her own idea…it was Kate’s. It’s not like Anna didn’t want to donate her kidney…it’s not like she couldn’t take it anymore…It was actually Kate who couldn’t take it anymore. She was aware that she could not survive her cancer. She was ready to embrace death, but her mother refused to listen to her. Therefore she took a desperate measure…and got her sister Anna to help her.

Eventually, Kate died and her family moved on… Sara continued her career as a lawyer. Jesse got a scholarship into an art college. Every year on Kate’s birthday, the family would go to Montana, Kate’s favorite place.

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