Lorenzo's Oil Reviews
Lorenzo's oil is the true story of the real life medicine of the same name and the boy Lorenzo Odone. Lorenzo a bright young kid tragically suffers ALD a disease that causes fatty acids to build up and heavily damage the nerves in the body. Lorenzo over the years gets worst and worst but it doesn't stop Lorenzo's parents Michaela and Augusto from relentlessly searching for a remedy or cure of some kind.
An incredibly emotional story. Miller show's the true horror, and despair the family felt when they found out how serious and severe this disease. At the same time he manages to show us some rays of hope. The music from score was very appropriate and helps in establishing the emotional journey this family was taken on with this entire ordeal. very interesting cinematography it brings you up close and personal with the family in this story. solid editing as well
It is a shame that in the beginning so many were quick to shoot down any kind of solution for this disease. I commend the family for taking the intiative and learning about the disease themselves so they can help bring some ideas to the table for medical professionals.
Sarandon and Nolte do this couple real justice here in their portrayals. Susan Sarandon delivers the most moving performance of her career! Sarandon portrays the constant determination Michaela had with such conviction and the love she showcased on screen was remarkable! this woman stayed strong for her boy despite his condition becoming almost fatal.
Nick nolte also gives his most moving/emotional performance of his career. The scene were he learned about all the symtoms of ALD was a true heartbreaker and he nailed it! His Italian accent was superb here as well.
Even Zack O'malley Greenberg as young as he was did an incredible job having to act out this horrific disease. It was such a haunting performance but so haunting it made you truly believe what you were seeing.
An immensely moving story that can bring you to the brink of tears. A must see picture.
Their son comes down with a rare and deadly disease that is killing him. The Odones do research to solve the mystery of how to help him, as the medical treatments available do nothing for him. They find the anwer! His fat must be modified and he cannot get any other types of fat. It's a dietary solution.
Their solution saves their son's life, but by the time they find the answer and find a compounding pharmacist willing to take on the challenge of trying to produce oil for their son with the correct chemistry, their son has already turned into a vegetable. He remains alive on the oil though, for many years. Meanwhile, many other children with the same disease have benefitted from the oil, with increased survival and improved maintenance of normal cognitive functioning.
And yet, the US FDA continues to consider this oil an "experimental treatment", so it is difficult and very expensive to get. You can't just order it as a food, because...it would compete with drugs being developed. Can't have that! Anything that could easily be produced and could just be considered a food, if it competes with potential drug profits, must be regulated into minimal use. It's really about maintaining corporate profits and keeping out freebie treatments. But really, gluten free foods help people with celiac disease and you can get them from the grocery store at relatively affordable prices, which is reasonable. But you can't get lorenzo's oil!
Somehow, it's politics, instead of real solutions, that drive a lot of United States healthcare policy.
If ground floor disease research is interesting to you, I recommend Ralph Moss's book The Cancer Industry. No one has made that into a movie yet, though.
P.S. This movie marks Laura Linney's first appearance in a film.