In the line of American-family-fighting-an-illness drama, “My sister’s keeper” has all the ingredients of a two-hour emotional waterfall of tears: the teenage girl with cancer, the always together family struggling for her well-being, a first-love story, a cheerful and selfless younger sister, a decision in court, etc. But what interested me most about this movie is the film narrative used to tell us the story. The timeline goes forward and backwards, clears and darkens the plot alternatively; the narrators change constantly, from the sick girl to the sister to the father. Only the mother, convincingly played by Cameron Diaz, and the quiet and mysterious brother are out of that voice game, although the camera focalizes on them, instead, letting us see through their wet eyes. Music is quite good, with American alternative rock, and, in spite of the topic, there is a general feeling of optimism; my favourite actor, Alec Baldwin, of course.
“Camino”, a Spanish movie that has been awarded with most of the Goya Film Awards in 2009, deals with a similar theme, but from a slightly different point of view and tone, mixing also illness, family and first-love experiences, but including a masterly story of religion excesses and hypocrisy that leaves the audience with an unease sensation, far from a Hollywood “happy” ending. This movie also plays with time and space, and polysemous words like “obra” or “camino” help to transfer from one side to the other. For me, it’s a 10 out of 10.