Until about the age of 7, Lorenzo Odone was a normal child. After then, strange things began to happen to him: he would have blackouts, memory lapses, and other strange mental phemonenons. He is eventually diagnosed as suffering from ALD: an extremely rare incurable degenerative brain disorder. Frustrated at the failings of doctors and medicine in this area, the Odones begin to educate themselves in the hope of discovering something which can halt the progress of the disease. Written by
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Lorenzo is played by six different actors in the film. See more »
When we first went to the Comoros, what did we do? We got to know the country, right?
We studied, we got to know the language, resources, its law. We studied, right? We should threat Lorenzo's illness like another country.
I don't quite see the analogy.
All right, all right. ALD has many dimensions, right?
So, in order to understand it, we need to command genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, neurology, ology-ology.
Augusto, we don't have time to go to medical school.
Michaela, the ...
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During the credits pictures of children are shown, which were cured by "Lorenzo's Oil". See more »
This highly emotional story features peerless acting
A family returns to the U.S. from Africa only to discover that their son has acquired a very rare disease called A.L.D. While told to give up and let their son die because there is no cure in sight, the father goes to the library everyday after work to research into a possible cure. The greatest opposition he receives comes from the doctors who tell him to "let the professionals handle it" and from other parents whose children have the same illness who condemn him for "spreading false hopes". While scientists around the world are competing over each other to find a cure, Lorenzo's parents bring them together to consult. My all-time favourite film, this highly emotional true story features peerless acting, especially from Sarandon.
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