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No Ordinary Baby (2001)

After Amy (original title)
A reporter (Bridget Fonda) gets the scoop on the first ever human cloning, but the furor surrounding the event jeopardizes the baby's birth and the career of the doctor (Mary Beth Hurt) responsible for creating the clone.

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(short story "Carbon Copy: Meet 'The First Human Clone'"), (teleplay)
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A reporter (Bridget Fonda) gets the scoop on the first ever human cloning, but the furor surrounding the event jeopardizes the baby's birth and the career of the doctor (Mary Beth Hurt) responsible for creating the clone.

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no ordinary baby ... & no ordinary movie
10 August 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie as entitled "No Ordinary Baby", in Australia.

I was tempted to turn off it straight away, as this midday movie, seemed to be presenting a pathetic uninteresting drama whose subject was unappealing to me. But gradually I chose to involve myself, & soon found it was raising MANY issues relevant to our modern society that the media prefers to snowball into greater injustice!

Nor was I sympathetic to the doctor & his devoted nurse, as against the young staff member who presents herself devoutly committed to the cause, but seems to quickly fade in her significance. The nurse, compassionate to her family, yet daring to care more broadly, seems to become a criminal, in broader eyes of deception that her family & friends struggle to be more than bewildered & frustrated by!

Earlier on, this nurse is noted to be deleting computer files, suspiciously! In her turn, the journalist breaking the story, seeks to reconcile herself with her failed sense of infallibility, & sees shades of grey in her emerging dilemmas! Her confessions to her companion are a stark contrast to the bold pronouncements she continues to make in public media presentations, impressively presented!

I thought I would have liked her, this journalist researching & breaking stories! But I didn't think I would have ever liked the nurse! But she was building into her role of frustrated & toughly imprisoned victim, who might have been adjudged in contempt of court, but was growing into her stature of a media celebrity she was not accustomed to, but daring to nonetheless further the rights of her clients! And those beyond!

While the journalist has her emerging dilemmas coming from within. Like partners yet enemies, in a devolving zone of instability that seems to be much less, for their individual contributions! I think this is a great movie! I haven't even addressed the rights & perspectives of the mother & father, let alone, of the precarious situation of the emerging baby!

Each display their own WORTHINESS of contribution in turn & in time!

Each dare to be courageous in their individual & personal decisions!!!

Look at the father's justified sense of frustration! Look at the mother's tolerance of pain & yet quiet wisdom amidst the furore about her! Look into the eyes of the innocent victim! And still more emerges of mother & father & child, as if in a manger, & bewildered to be there! Imprisons in the modern era, have many boundaries! Look too at a steadfast doctor, & a compassionate nurse & her son & her husband, & a judgemental sensational broader media fury! So confronting & yet so real! As if straight out of Lindy Chamberlain & dingo folklore of contrivance, as presented in, "Through My Eyes", or too in Douglas Woods' journalistic masterpiece exposed in "Cry Freedom" in Nelson Mandela's unlikely escape into freedom! It's all here, in a drama of CRISES we should not react against, but embrace!

Only love is its ultimate conqueror!

But which one will find a salvation in this earthquake zone of uncertainty? I saw what I saw! It's your turn to judge, & see what you might see.

But try to go at this with an open-mind, not blinded by posters & flashes of media hype! You will find much of merit here, if you decide not to be bedazzled by flash bulks, that die as quickly as they are clicked into existence!


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