Researchers were initially skeptical, but clinical studies showed that the treatment worked about half the time if administered in the disease's early stages. He died there on 24 October 2013, at the age of 80, and was survived by the son and daughter from his first marriage, as well as a grandchild by his daughter. I have seen it many times. But by 1984, when he was six, Lorenzo's behavioural problems had worsened and he began to suffer from blackouts and memory lapses, symptoms akin to those of stroke victims. Occasionally it was possible to discern a nuance in Lorenzo's largely unchanging expression that seemed to signal a response to what was going on around him — for example, he appeared to be able to tell if someone walked into the room — but for the most part he remained inert, a gentle dreaminess about the face disturbed only by the occasional spasm. It hurt me to see Lorenzo suffer and now I understand why it's so important to understand hereditary diseases because you never know if it could be your child. Just to see the spirit of of Augusto and Michaela, never throwing in the towel on their son, now that's unconditional love.
This film is very touching. With the help of , and through long hours of research and study, the Odones, who had had no previous medical background, came up with a treatment. That is the basic premise for the movie, but it is about much more than that. By now, however, Lorenzo had become bedridden; he was blind, deaf and almost completely disabled physically. Odone, who came to Washington in 1976, was a native of Yonkers, N. The family had just returned from the Comoro Islands, where her husband had been serving with the World Bank. In mid-2010, two years after Lorenzo's death, Augusto Odone sold his home in Virginia and moved to in his native Italy, near his father's village of where he lived when he was young.
It also shows the stubborn determination and egos, I suspect, of doctors and researchers. People with an affliction or near some one with an affliction know more about the disease and treatment than the doctor. At times, it seemed that Susan Sarandon couldn't face reality. In an effort to punctuate Lorenzo's daily regime of massages, exercise and physiotherapy, Augusto and Michaela Odone commissioned a special chair in which their son could sit and listen to stories or to music. Lorenzo suits hm perfectly, and I absolutely love the name! Now 75, Augusto is preparing a book telling the story of his long quest to cure his son.
It bogged down because went into too much detail of the boy's illness, using technical explanation after explanation. She studied at the University of Grenoble and did advertising work in the Paris and New York offices of Realite magazine. The final treatment for this disease was olive oil mixed with rapeseed oil. By now, however, Lorenzo had become bedridden; he was blind, deaf and almost completely disabled physically. His parents, played by Nolte and Sarandon, make their best to help the boy.
Intensely real performance by Susan Sarandon and a strong one from Nick Nolte although his accent while accurate for the character makes it difficult to understand him occasionally. We've seen her in step mom, Thelma and Luise, Dead Man Walking and many more. I seen a lot of movies and normally i do not watch this kind of movies, they cannot hold m y attention for long. The full name of the disease in the movie is adrenoleukodystrophy. If you look hard enough, deep enough, think ten steps further, twenty, thirty even, then maybe, just maybe, you've got your miracle. The parents take on the awesome task of finding hope when doctors and support groups won't make an effort in learning how to conquer their son's debilitating nerve disorder.
He had fallen ill with aspiration pneumonia after getting food stuck in his throat, said his father Augusto Odone. The love of parents is truly unconditional. However, frustrated by the lack of research into the illness, the Odones' refuse to accept their son's condition is terminal and take on the medical world in their determination to save Lorenzo. Lorenzo was diagnosed in 1984, using a new blood test that had been recently developed. Asimismo, indicó que las cenizas de su hijo serían depositadas en Nueva York, junto a las de su madre, Michaela, fallecida en 2000. We did not entertain people. By the age of five he was fluent in English, French and Italian, and his parents hoped that he was destined for Harvard.
Despite having no medical training, they contacted specialists and combed the scientific journals. And so the child degenerates into a mass of paralysed limbs, violent convulsions and tormented breaths. Worse still is Nick Nolte's irritating, overstated performance as the child's Italian! To help with the oil's development, the Odones enlisted a British scientist, Don Suddaby, who had worked at the Croda Universal chemical company in Hull. Of course the couple refuse to accept the medical establishment's grim prognosis and instead go off in search of a cure. It really conveys to the audience about how it feels to find about the inevitable fate.
She became an accomplished linguist--eventually fluent in French, Spanish, and Italian, as well as reading in Latin. Nick Nolte wasn't bad either, but I have to admit that, as a Nolte fan, a thought his performance was some what disappointing. During his year at kindergarten in Washington he seemed normal and talkative, and it was only when his father was posted abroad, and Lorenzo began classes at a French school on the Comoros Islands in the Indian Ocean, that his teachers reported problems with his behaviour and a deterioration in his attention span. What's important to remember, and what I think is the moral of the story is that great things can be accomplished when people become determined to make a difference. Life's a genetic lottery, and there's no worse horror than when biology strikes. One physician told them the literature was too technical for them to master. For us who have seen it,we all agree this is one outstanding movie,that sticks to your mind for a long time.
Despite these worrying developments, Lorenzo's appetite for knowledge was undimmed. It's marvelous that these parents have laid the ground-work for future young males who suffer from this disorder. He persisted, even using paper clips to explain his ideas. What trial treatments did Lorenzo receive? But Augusto and Michaela Odone refused to accept this, and began an exhaustive quest for an effective treatment. I am so glad I watched it! Margo Martindale and others but it is hard to watch what Lorenzo has to go through. Seeing Nick Nolte crying helplessly on the stairs is probably the most effective scene in the whole film.
What amazed me about this film, which is a true story, was how the parents managed to stay together during this most difficult time. To help with the oil's development, the Odones enlisted a British scientist, Don Suddaby, who had worked at the Croda Universal chemical company in Hull. List important dates and major events throughout the movie. We did not take vacations. Because of his contribution, Odone received an honorary medical degree. They became famous for developing a controversial treatment using , for their son's incurable illness, and this quest was recounted in the film 1992.