DVD AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 5th!
In this adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed, bestselling nonfiction book of the same name,The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is told through the eyes of Henrietta Lacks’ daughter, Deborah Lacks (Oprah Winfrey). The film chronicles her search, along with journalist Rebecca Skloot (Rose Byrne), to learn about the mother she never knew and understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a story of medical arrogance and triumph, race, poverty, and deep friendship between the unlikeliest of people.
I wish I had read the book first, but the story in the movie was pretty epic.
Henrietta is single-handedly the reason why so many people have lived on. Her cells have been used in so many diseases, trying to combat or prevent them, that she should be canonized.
Oprah was the perfect choice as Henrietta's daughter, the reason the story is told in the first place. Her studios also paid for the film, so it is well made. Rose Bryne played a good part. She got to tell Henrietta's story.
I'm so glad I've seen this. Learned her story and I still want to read the book too.
Remember there is some emotional scenes but they make the story.