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The Memory Keeper's Daughter (2008)

A father separates his son from his twin sister at birth to prevent him and the mother from knowing she was born with Down syndrome. Based on the novel by Kim Edwards.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Dr. David Henry
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Al
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Phoebe
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Norah Henry
Emma Colbert ...
Phoebe 6 years
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Paul 13 years
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Paul 18-22 years
Owen Pattison ...
Paul 6 years
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Kay
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On a snowy winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry rushes his pregnant wife Norah to the hospital, where, with help from her husband and nurse Caroline Gill, she delivers their son Paul. However, Dr. Henry discovers that his wife was carrying twins, and helps her deliver the second child, a baby girl named Phoebe. Shortly after Phoebe's birth, he finds that she has Down Syndrome, and hands her over to Nurse Caroline, explaining that the death of his ill sister nearly destroyed their mother and he doesn't want Norah to go through that. Instead, he instructs Caroline to take Phoebe to a nearby institution for the mentally ill, figuring the child won't live much longer, and tells Norah that Phoebe was a stillborn. However, after visiting the institution and seeing the state of the other patients, Caroline takes the baby home with her, stopping along the way to buy formula and diapers. With help from a truck driver named Al, Caroline begins to raise the baby as her own, while Dr. Henry ... Written by scorpionqueenofhearts

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12 April 2008 (USA)  »

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El guardián de la memoria  »

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When David and Phoebe get off the bus, a sign for Dalhousie University is clearly visible in the background. The scene supposedly takes place in Pittsburgh, PA, USA but Dalhousie is in Halifax, NS, Canada. See more »

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Nora Henry: [burning the pictures from the darkroom and referring to David] Bastard! That bastard!
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Featured in The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards (2008) See more »

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Deeply Moving Film With A Standout Performance
9 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a beautifully made film and one of the most moving ever made due to an absolutely fantastic performance by the great actress Emily Watson. She is superb in this role and it is indeed another performance of a lifetime. Watson's powerful work in this motion picture is made electric by her simple beauty and mesmerizing eyes, eyes that say more in a glance than 50 pages of dialog. She is truly one of the great gifts to the screen and the camera loves her. Recognized as one of the finest actors of our time, Emily Watson proves once again and beyond any doubt with this performance that her talents are beyond description.


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