Starring: Nick Nolte,
Susan Sarandon, etc.
Director: George Miller (II)
Rated: PG 13
Year of Release: 1992
Video Release Date: August 31, 1999
Based on a true story, two parents struggle
to find a cure for their son’s apparently incurable,
degenerative and terminal disease. The Odones have a five-year-old
son, Lorenzo, who is diagnosed with Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD).
The doctors say it is a rare disease that strikes only boys.
Victims die after losing all sensory functions. All known
treatments are experimental and none are rated as successful.
No boy with ALD has ever survived. Though the parents enlist
the boy in the most promising of the experimental treatment
programs immediately following his diagnosis, the disease
progresses rapidly and things look hopeless.
But the parents refuse to give up, despite
the pessimistic prognosis from all the experts. From their
various discussions with the experts, it is clear to them that
one problem they face is the lack of a system for integrating
knowledge about the disease. So they take it upon themselves
to organize an international symposium of experts and parents
of afflicted boys. The father combs the medical literature
looking for clues. The mother stays at the son’s side.
Neither looses hope or faith, but the emotional strain takes
its toll on their relationship. Eventually, they begin to
connect various unrelated and overlooked theories, and despite
resistance from a disbelieving medical world, they finally
connect the right two ideas, discovering in the nick of time
that the cure for ALD lies in a special olive oil.
Notice how Lorenzo’s parents, Augusto
and Michaela Odone, don’t give up in spite of the extreme
emotional strain they experience. They become very creative
in their efforts to save their son.
- Are you experiencing an overwhelming challenge
in your life?
- How have you coped with these kinds of challenges before?
- Can you imagine how much stronger you would feel if you
faced your challenge?
- What could you achieve, if you approached a big challenge
with the determination, courage and creativity that Augusto
and Michaela display in the movie?