The Movie "My Sister's Keeper" Essay

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My Sister’s Keeper
The movie “My Sister’s Keeper,” is based on the best-selling novel by Jodi Picoult; it explores the medical, legal, and ethical issues that pose a dilemma not revealed until the very end of the movie. The director, Nick Cassavetes, plays out an honest story that overwhelms his audience with waves of emotion by illustrating the daily battles of a young, genuine, and sincere cancer patient. Although an unfamiliar story to most, Mr. Cassavetes is able to grasp a sense of realism in the process of telling such a heartfelt and unfortunate life story of this cancer patient, Kate (Sofia Vassilieva). In short, Cassavetes tells a story that entails a family distorted by the leukemia of their first born daughter, Kate, whose
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Kate is portrayed as one of the most sweet kids, trying to be as normal as she could grasp. One day when Kate takes a visit to the hospital she meets another leukemic patient who becomes her first boyfriend, Taylor (Thomas Dekker). Kate is relative to any other upcoming teen that has an eager desire to be pretty, go to the beach, and love. She falls deeper in love with Taylor as they experience similar daily struggles and care for each other each step of the way. They kiss, love, and one night after going to the hospital’s dance they put on for the patients, they take their love a little further and sneak into a room. Over the next couple of days Kate is under the impression Taylor is ignoring her because he does not answer his phone; she comes to find it is because he has died. Kate is absolutely heartbroken and the following scene shows Kate with dark makeup on, drinking with loud music, and as Anna walks in she sees Kate trying to kill herself by overdosing on her pills. These are the familiar emotional experiences teenagers can directly relate to while parents or friends who have seen their kids or friends could understand the situation as well. This is just another instance where it seems clear the directed audience may be general but more so specific to families, their children, and teenagers. The various parallels between family struggles, staying strong, falling in love, and being heartbroken were all what Kate was about and this kind of