Set during WWII, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.
Strait-laced Rose breaks off relations with her party girl sister, Maggie, over an indiscretion involving Rose's boyfriend. The chilly atmosphere is broken with the arrival of Ella, the grandmother neither sister knew existed.
A lazy, incompetent middle school teacher who hates her job, her students, and her co-workers is forced to return to teaching to make enough money for breast implants after her wealthy fiancé dumps her.
In Los Angeles, the eleven year old Anna Fitzgerald seeks the successful lawyer Campbell Alexander trying to hire him to earn medical emancipation from her mother Sara that wants Anna to donate her kidney to her sister. She tells the lawyer the story of her family after the discovery that her older sister Kate has had leukemia; how she was conceived by in vitro fertilization to become a donor; and the medical procedures she has been submitted since she was five years old to donate to her sister. Campbell accepts to work pro bono and the obsessed Sara decides to go to court to force Anna to help her sister. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Real-life sisters Elle Fanning and Dakota Fanning were originally set to play Anna and Kate Fitzgerald, but bowed out after Dakota Fanning reportedly refused to shave her head, as required for the part. See more »
In the scene where Kate and Taylor are kissing, there is spirit gum visible on Kate's left eyebrow. This is because although the brown hair and eyebrows Kate has in this scene are supposed to be her own, they are not. Sofia Vassilieva had her head shaved for the part. See more »
Andromeda 'Anna' Fitzgerald:
When I was a kid, my mother told me that I was a little piece of blue sky that came into this world because she and Dad loved me so much. It was only later that I realized that it wasn't exactly true. Most babies are coincidences. I mean, up in space you've got all these souls flying around looking for bodies to live in. Then, down here on Earth, two people have sex or whatever, and bam, coincidence. Sure, you hear all these stories about how everyone plans these perfect families. ...
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80/100. This was so much more interesting than I was expecting. It
tackles several issues and does so with finesse and without the over
the top melodrama movies of this type so often have. It's touching,
thought provoking and it is certainly not predictable. Nick Cassavettes
deserves a lot of credit for creating a film that faces the issues
without getting too maudlin and does so with sensitivity and
objectiveness. The performances are good from everyone. The casting of
Cameron Diaz isn't perhaps the best, but I admire the effort she put
into the role. She did very well. The character development is
outstanding, you get to know each character and you understand each of
their perspectives. Joan Cusack is particularly affecting in an offbeat
role for her. Good score, the subtle cinematography is effective.
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