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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Michaela Odone died on June 10th, 2000, of lung cancer. Eight years before her son finally succumbed to ALD. 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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Lorenzo's scream is heard right at the very end of the film. See more »
"Lorenzo's Oil" is a movie about the triumph of human spirit and dogged determination. This movie is based on the true story of Michaela and Agusto Odone, whose child Lorenzo was diagnosed with adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a degenerative nerve disorder that afflicts only little boys and is always fatal. Michaela and Agusto are determined to find a cure or treatment for this baffling disease while their son slowly and painfully deteriorates. That is the basic premise for the movie, but it is about much more than that.
Michaela and Agusto love their son with unwavering selflessness, and are willing to do anything in their power to save him. This movie is a gripping, touching drama that pulls you in and engulfs you, as finding a cure engulfs the Odones. By the end of the film you will feel a mix of emotions. This movie will give you a newfound respect for the mental and emotional power humans possess.
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