Sunday, 29 August 2010

My Sister's Keeper

Last night I watched the movie My Sister's Keeper, directed by Nick Cassavetes. It is a good movie, I'd say ethical issues in galore... but there is always a tussel between the ethical part and the 'cinematic' part. This dilemma to balance both fields is the chief cause for its failure to make a mark in either field.

However, I liked the movie for its realistic portrayal of a family torn by the gradual death of one among them. More than the fight to keep her alive, what tears them apart is their differences in support of their beloved one who is sick. While most of them accept the fact that their sister or daughter is terminally sick and is on her deathbed, the mother (Cameroon Diaz) refuses to give up. Ultimately even the daughter herself gives up and it is only the mother fighting a lone battle, seemingly against her own other daughter but finally it is revealed that she was all the while fighting the very daughter whose life she wanted to save.

The family sentiments on one side and the whole issue of euthanasia or organ donation or ethics are mingled in this movie.

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