Until about the age of seven, 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 (adrenoleukodystrophy): 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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In a 2014 interview at the Florida Film Festival, Susan Sarandon said that this movie was originally conceived and shot with the intent that as Lorenzo got sicker and sicker, the movie would fade from color to black-and-white. However, the production ran out of the money needed to process the film in that way, and the movie ended up being in color from beginning to end. She also said that this was actually the second movie in her career for which this had happened, that originally, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) was supposed to be in black-and-white until the first appearance of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, when his red lips would have been the first item in color in the movie, but again, the production didn't have the money to process the film in that way, so the whole thing stayed in color. See more »
When Michael, our first boy, got sick, we searched around looking for anything that might help him. You know what was the best thing that happened? He was taken quickly. Now Tommy... he has lasted three years, for two of them, he's been without his sight, his mind, everything that makes him a human being, he's a vegetable. Y'know if you would just stop all this denial, you wouldn't do a thing to prolong your boy's suffering and indignity one minute longer.
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Lorenzo's scream is heard right at the very end of the film. See more »
A true story about a battle for the life of Lorenzo who suffers from ALD. A rare disease which destroys all basic functions like speech and movement and in the end takes the life of the person. In this movie the parents fight the clock by doing their own research and investigation.
This is a true masterpiece, about hope. Acting and directing are fabulous. You can feel the cast being involved. I have seen a a lot of movies of Nick Nolte , but this must be one of his better ones. Here he proves he can do more than "another 48 hours". Nick is convincing in every way in this movie, even though he has a very hard part playing an Italian(Augusto Odone).
Susan Sarandon plays the mother of Lorenzo. It's incredible how she plays the part of a mother near the end of her powers pushing away everybody that does not share the same faith in saving the life of her son.
This movie is underrated, and should be given a chance. I seen a lot of movies and normally i do not watch this kind of movies, they cannot hold m y attention for long. But this one is different and really heartbreaking.
I had never heard about ALD. So today i did some investigation, and found out that Lorenzo still lives and you can write him if you want
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