My Sister’s Keeper (2009)

mp’s rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

Most babies are accidents. Not me. I was engineered. Born to save my sister’s life.” Anna Fitzgerald.

Adapted from Jodi Picoult’s famous novel “My Sister’s Keeper”, I expect no less from such a master. Carefully woven into a story about love, family, relationship, and most of all – life, Nick Cassavetes, the director of this movie, did a good job of transforming the printed words on papers to sound and pictures on screen. Nevertheless, the flow of the story is a little bit disrupted in the beginning; the scene transitions from one actor’s point of view to another one is not quite smooth, perhaps because it really does follow the structure of the novel.

When your sister is dying, and you know it, what would you do? Would you be sitting around and pretend that nothing’s happening? Or would you fight, like Kate’s mom, never give up every opportunity, to give an extra day for Kate to live? Or would you be like Anna, who loves her sister dearly, and finally tries to let her go?

How would you befriend death?

Death is never an easy word; it was not, I do not think it will ever be. But death is a word far from us. It is an alienated word, composed of sadness, depression, tragedy, and loss. Death’s so far, yet most of us forget that: it walks hands in hands with life.

“If I didn’t have cancer, I never would have found you.” Taylor

Kate’s got leukemic, and the disease starts to play its part. Sara, her mother, tries to do every single thing to save Kate’s life. Jesse, Kate’s brother, never gets the attention that he should have gotten from his parents. Anna, Kate’s little sister, is a sparepart. Brian, Kate’s father, he just – doesn’t know what to do.

“I don’t mind this disease killing me, but it’s killing my family too.” Kate Fitzgerold.

During her limited time on earth, Kate learns that sometimes, the hardest part is to let go. When you hold on to something so dearly, at some points, you will loose grip and things start not to work out. Sometimes, to let go of the grip and begin to touch other few things – is the best path that mostly forgotten.

“Sooner or later, you gotta let go.” Kate Fitzgerold.

Kate’s last wish is to go to the beach. She sits there, watching her brother and sister playing with the waves, seeing the nature as if death’s not real. I wonder, if she is a real person, what would she think? Would she accuse life for taking her freedom away? Would she regret the things that she would never do, the other zillion things that she could have done? Would she make peace with death? Would she be grateful that she has lived?

Would you be grateful?

Would you be able to love?

Would you close your eyes and smile?

Would you live and discover the life lessons?


love the soundtrack :)

A sweet story, a wonderful choice of montage, and an inspiring lesson.

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