My Sister’s Keeper
Tissues at the ready as this tried and tested ‘children and tragedy’ formula takes on a new modern day thorny subject matter. Would you conceive a genetically perfect designer test tube baby with the sole intention of keeping your dying oldest daughter alive? How would that child then feel when she became old enough to question and maybe resent that moral decision?
Little Miss Sunshine’s very own Abigail Breslin is that child. After 11 years of constantly donating blood and other bodily necessities to keep her sister, Kate, from the fatal jaws of leukaemia, Anna decides that losing a kidney is too high a price to pay. She hires a TV celebrity lawyer (Alec Baldwin), to help her fight for the rights to her own body.
Cameron Diaz, as we have never seen her before, looks rough and at one point even bald as she physically shares her daughter’s chemotherapy heartache. She drives the story on as she obsessively fights for her child’s life. The scenes are heartfelt and real as we share the warm nostalgia of Kate and boyfriend attending the hospital ball, as well as the visual horrors of chemotherapy itself. The everyday mixed with the unimaginable brings a roller coaster of emotions to the viewer.
Verging on TV weepy, this is mission accomplished for a mother and daughter night out, but perhaps also has appeal for the emotional man of the Noughties. Certainly a way of scoring points with the girlfriend. The gruesome reality of illness portrayal may even provide the perfect opening for first date affections.