ByMichael Laskaris, writer at
Brooklyn-based yoga practitioner, writer/editor and self-educated film buff.
Michael Laskaris

This is a harrowing film-watching experience, but a powerful and necessary one. Michaela and Augusto Odone (Susan Sarandon and Nick Nolte) search relentlessly for a cure to their son’s adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a rare degenerative disorder that was untreatable–until they discovered one. It’s an incredible story, and all the more remarkable as it is true. Amazing performances from everyone and razor-sharp direction from Geroge Miller. Before turning to filmmaking, Miller attended medical school; he basks in his element and prohibits the material from careening into sappy, Hallmark territory. One of the best (and most underrated) films of the 90s. It deserves a renaissance.


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