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In Sickness and in Health (1992)

The Mother of a family has Multiple Scleroses, to relieve her and their daughter the father hires a young woman to help his wife. But the father and this young woman fall in love...

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The Mother of a family has Multiple Scleroses, to relieve her and their daughter the father hires a young woman to help his wife. But the father and this young woman fall in love... Written by R. Kessen <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl>

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27 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yeah, I think I went through a box of tissues on this one.

This is a beautiful film about a family ruled by the mother's (Lesley Ann Warren) MS. Her husband (Tom Skerritt) and daughter are devoted to her, but the daughter is growing up and aching to have a life of her own, including college. The daughter has a great deal of guilt because she believes that by being born, she made her mother's MS worse, which her mother assures her is not true, explaining that she was determined to have a child no matter what the consequences.

Finally, it seems to be the best thing for the Warren character to go into a full time care facility. There she meets other people like her whom she finds inspirational and understanding. On the outside, her husband has fallen in love with Marg Hellenberger.

The denouement of this film is very powerful. I won't apologize, but I will say it's probably a total chick flick. All the actors did a wonderful job - Warren is effective, Skerritt is his usual vital self in a very sympathetic role, and Hellenberger is also sympathetic and warm as his love interest. You can't hate or resent anyone in this movie. Very well done and very compelling.


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