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Gene Wexler ...
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Anita Zagaria ...
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Roberto Bisacco ...
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Ennio Coltorti ...
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Daniele Pio ...
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Manrico Gammarota ...
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Carlo Cartier ...
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Fact based drama about an American couple on vacation in Italy in 1994 with their two children who are attacked and shot by highway bandits. Shortly they discover that their son is brain dead. The parents are then faced with the hard decision to donate the boy's organs which ultimately led to saving the lives of seven seriously ill Italian patients. Written by John sacksteder <jsack@ka.net>

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Shut the Flood Gates Please !
8 September 2004 | by (Ile-de-France / Paris Region, France) – See all my reviews

An extremely moving and tearful film. Beautifully filmed in Italy, with glorious romantic theme music, very convincing acting on the part of the stars. Of course it is painful to watch, to see a small child's life snuffed out, almost imperceptibly, without the parents even noticing at first. Very difficult to watch and I can understand it not being everyone's cup of tea, especially for the more sensitive natures. Of course the initial shock and sadness is replaced a little by the feel good factor derived from " putting the dead boy's organs " to good use and this sustains the spectator's attention. The film has been issued on DVD in the UK region 2 and the DVD also contains a very interesting documentary on the real Nicholas and the Italian Children that received his organs. The subject may well be taboo in some countries and cultures but I applaud this film wholeheartedly for having been made and showing that although death is a very hard experience to bear, another type of good and happiness can follow on behind. The pleasure of seeing the happiness brought to other families whom they didn't even know before compensates in some way the grief they suffer from the loss of their little son !


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