My Sister's Keeper

My Sister’s Keeper” is a 2009 American drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and stars Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin, Sofia Vassilieva, , and teen actress Abigail Breslin (who also  starred in Signs, Little Miss Sunshine, Nim’s Island, and Zombieland). It is a Hollywood adaptation of Jodi Picoult’s novel of the same name.

The movie is a story of a family living through a tough time, as one child is facing death from a disease while the younger sister is suing her parents. Conceived by means of in vitro fertilization, Anna Fitzgerald was born to be a genetic match for her older sister, Kate, who suffers from acute promyelocytic leukemia. This way, Anna can be a source of healthy stem cells for her sister and she has always cooperated. When Kate turns 15, she goes into renal failure and Anna realizes she would have to donate her kidney. Anna objects to this and sues her parents for medical emancipation and the rights to her own body. The conflicts ignited and the family was torn. In the end, as fate dictates, Kate dies; and ironically, the family becomes whole again.

I think the movie is a wonderful version of the novel. It has a good material and a great cast. For someone growing up in a culture where family ties are very strong, this movie is relevant, fresh and touching. The movie as well has something to teach about life, about giving respect and love, and about valuing the people and things around us. There are some dull moments, as the movie is frequently interlaced with memories and flashbacks of every character. But it truly has a good ending – moving and satisfying.

The movie received mixed reviews. It has 47% rating at Rotten Tomatoes and 51% at Metacritic.