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LORENZOS OIL Lorenzos Oil is based on the true story of Augusto Odone Nick Nolte and his wife Michaela Susan Sarandon as they fight to save the life and sanity of their son Lorenzo Zack OMalley Greenburg Lorenzo was diagnosed in early 1984 as a victim of ALD ALD is an incurable disease in which the brain slowly deteriorates till the body is left totally immobilized the disease was beyond the help of conventional medicine His parents unwilling to give up the struggle even after participating in several failed therapies began their own investigation of the disease Lorenzos Oil follows the triumphs and tragedies of this search The film is unique in that it avoids becoming a tear-jerking soap opera Instead of focusing solely on a family being torn apart by guilt and pain of the disease Lorenzos Oil follows Augusto and Michaelas struggle to understand their sons disease and discover a method of treatment to save their sons life The search is very complicated and intriguing but with the help of simple metaphors such as those of a kitchen sink and a chain of paper clips to represent the enzymes that affect Lorenzo the viewer clearly understands the causes and effects of ALD The characters of Augusto and Michaela are developed successfully through the many scenes they are involved in Lorenzo is less of a person than a element in the plot we know little about him except that he is a good-natured boy who has come down with a rare disease and most of the characters in the film are as well-rounded as the story demands The actors are suitable in their roles Sarandon and Nolte have both given more effective performances in the past and Noltes Italian accent is hard to get used to Only Zack OMalley Greenburg stands out For an adult acting of this quality would be noteworthy for
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