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The movie Lorenzos Oil is about a boy his family and their struggles to stick together through a life threatening disease A familys togetherness is challenged in the event of unexpected change like in this movie The Odone family tested many factors of their family structure when Lorenzo was diagnosed with ALD Some of factors that were tested and some also changed as a result of this disease were their environments boundaries cohesion rules and rituals The environments that Augusto Michaela and Lorenzo lived in were ones in which change was common In the beginning of the movie they moved from Africa where it was warm to a small town in the United States where there were many seasons In their new environment the naturalphysical part of it was the changes in temperature and the seasons The air plants and animals around them were also part of their naturalphysical environment Part of their culturalbehavioral environment was the belief system they had attained throughout their lives This included family Christmas dinners that they had and Michaelas attendance and belief in the church There were many things in their constructedtechnological environment They had a house clothing hospitals that Lorenzo went to the library where they did research and many more organic materials from the natural environment constructed for their use There are two types of boundaries present at all times those are physical and emotional In the beginning their physical boundaries were well defined They had their own rooms and traditional spots at the dinner table As Lorenzo became more and more sick he was moved out into the living room and was unable to eat at the table Michaelas personal space was another physical boundary that changed At first she allowed people in her personal space and was able to express her intimacy and anger but as Lorenzo became sick she did not want anyone in her space Emotionally the boundaries in the family
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