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My Sister's Keeper (2009)

Director:
Nick Cassavetes
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
My Sister's Keeper
RUNNING TIME
109 minutes
Producer:
Stephen Furst
Scott Goldman
Mark Johnson
Chuck Pacheco
Mendel Tropper
Screenwriter (based on the novel by Jodi Picoult):
Jeremy Leven
Nick Cassavetes


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Anna Fitzgerald Abigail Breslin
Kate Fitzgerald Sofia Vassilieva
Sara Fitzgerald Cameron Diaz
Aunt Kelly Heather Wahlquist
Brian Fitzgerald Jason Patric
Jesse Fitzgerald Evan Ellingson
Campbell Alexander Alec Baldwin
Judge de Salvo Joan Cusack

 

Review

The subject matter which is presented and to some degree discussed in My Sister's Keeper is so interesting, relevant and explosive that what Nick Cassavetes ultimately gets out of it, is a little disappointing. The ethical dilemma is this: Can an 11-year-old refuse her parents the rights to use her body for the purpose of helping her leukaemic sister? The film has segments of potent drama and impressive acting. Cameron Diaz and Jason Patric give close to career-best performances; Diaz in a role which is perfect for her, Patric in a welcomed change of pace. And the kids do remarkably well with difficult material, even if they are given the disagreeable task of narrating their story in typical vapid fashion. This and a few other less elegant and probable turns let the film down as a serious drama, turning it into an americanized courtroom spectacle rather than staying with the interesting moral question.

 

Copyright 19.5.2010 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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