SADRŽAJ

Drama o protivnici pobačaja koja zbog problematične trudnoće mora pobaciti želi li spasiti vlastiti život.
Kelly Porter (Valerie Bertinelli) je mlada majka koja gorljivo sudjeluje u pokretu protivnika pobačaja prosvjedujući s istomišljenicima ispred klinika koje izvode pobačaje. S druge strane, njezina je sestra odvjetnica Liz (Mel Harris) jednako uvjerena pobornica prava na pobačaj, pa se dvije sestre nerijetko susreću na suprotnim stranama prosvjeda. Sama je Kelly ponovno trudna što njoj i suprugu Stanu (Brian McNamara) predstavlja neizmjernu radost. Međutim, Kelly pati od kronične srčane bolesti, pa joj nova trudnoća predstavlja životni rizik. Kako joj ne pada na pamet pobaciti, Liz ju pokušava na to natjerati sudskom parnicom"

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Foetal Decision

Mel Harris is Liz Hammett, a pro-choice Los Angeles lawyer who sues her sister Kelly Porter (Valerie Bertinelli) so that she will follow the instructions of her doctor. Kelly is pregnant and suffering from a paracardial constriction that puts her life and that of her foetus at risk, but as a pro-lifer she refuses her doctors recommendation of a therapeutic abortion to save her life.
Although Bertinelli is direct and simple, she spends most of her time bed-ridden, and she doesnt have Harris Garbo-esque grandeur. Liz is dressed in a lot of black, and Harris looks particularly sensual in a floor-length low cut negligee for a drunk scene, and with a grey raincoat in another scene and nod to Garbo. For the trial, Harris is given a 60-ish beehive hairdo and she is presented unflatteringly in sunlight, but otherwise her shoulder length brown-streaked black hair is loose. She is funny in her anger at her `brain dead family who are all pro-life except for her, and in retort to Kellys husband Bob (Brian McNamara) who tells her she is on different plane to them when she replies `Yeah. Earth.
The teleplay by Vickie Patik plays Liz off Kelly, with Kelly presented as an earth mother pregnant with her 5th child, and Liz chided for having had an abortion and accused of having no maternal instinct, which is patently not true when we see Liz babysitting and the way she contends with the tantrums of Kellys children. Liz legal stance is that Kellys position deprives the rights of her living children, with Kellys lawyer uses the pro-choice Roe vs Wade argument which ironically Kelly does not believe in. Patik doesnt submit to melodrama though `Natural childbirth is like playing Russian Roulette and this little bullet is gonna kill her is regrettable. Director Eric Laneuville uses some subjective camera, and silence in an emergency room, and pro-life demonstrators co-ercing a woman who attempts to enter an abortion clinic seen to be more hostile than God-loving helpful.




Sappy

I suppose after winding through the story, the moral is that a womans body is her own. I did not enjoy the convoluted way we are taken to that moral through this tale. I guess pro-lifers will enjoy it, but probably wont see that womans body, womans choice is a good thing.




Bertinelli at her best - as usual.

Valerie Bertinelli has been a favorite of mine ever since "One Day at a Time," in which she was the best actress. Every movie of hers Ive seen was excellent. Contains Spoilers Bertinelli is such a good actress she doesnt need any co-stars to help carry a movie. Her own acting is enough - along with the excellent plot lines her movies always have. Shes one of the few around who can be depended upon to represent real moral values with her movies.
In this movie both she and her sister, as well as her husband, were raised to cherish life. Somewhere in law school or practice, her sister fell in with those who believe murder is okay as long as the victim hasnt been born yet.
She persuades Bertinellis husband to go to court seeking an order for Bertinelli to sacrifice her babys life for her own protection when she comes down with a life-threatening heart condition. As Bertinelli fights to save her baby, even her parents - who instilled her values in her in the first place - begin to tell her she should give up and have the baby killed.

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