Until about the age of 7, 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: 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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This is the only film directed by George Miller that is not part of a larger franchise. See more »
Dr. Nikolias, what about the other boys, what results are you seeing in them?
As with Lorenzo it's too early to tell. We need this study to run for the full six months.
And that would tell you what is obvious right now? That avoiding apple skins and pizza has no effect on this brutal disease?
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During the credits pictures of children are shown, which were cured by "Lorenzo's Oil". See more »
I saw this film several years ago. And yet it remains with me. I am not sure that it is "great film-making"; I do know, however, that it conveyed the story so effectively that even after 5 or 6 years (if not longer) I often remember it and draw inspiration from its story.
Susan Sarandon was superb. (But then, she usually is.) Nick Nolte's "Italian" accent was nothing short of horrendous. (It probably cost him a nomination.) But he managed to convey the incredible passion of a father - and THAT is what's important. That is what stays with me and inspires me.
Not sure how to rate it in terms of cinematographic art - but it gets a 10 as a source of inspiration.
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