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Decoding Annie Parker

  • Drama
  • 2013
  • Steven Bernstein
  • 95 mins
  • 15

Summary

A woman is devastated to be diagnosed with the same cancer that killed her mother, and as she battles the illness, her relationship with her husband suffers. Meanwhile, a geneticist makes a breakthrough when she discovers the gene mutation that proves breast cancer can be hereditary. Fact-based drama, starring Samantha Morton and Helen Hunt.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Samantha Morton stars as real-life cancer sufferer Annie Parker, a dogged if genetically and romantically unlucky lady in this "labour of love" independent production from co-writer and director Steven Bernstein. After the demise of several of her loved ones, Parker refuses to believe that diet or environmental factors are causing their disease. In a parallel story, Helen Hunt plays Dr Mary-Claire King, a geneticist researching the link between genetics and breast cancer. Eventually, the two women's stories intertwine, albeit not in a satisfying way, as Hunt phones in her performance, leaving Morton to carry the film single-handedly. But this is still a poignant independent film for breast cancer sufferers and those who love them.

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Credits

Cast

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Annie ParkerSamantha Morton
Mary-Claire KingHelen Hunt
PaulAaron Paul
LouiseAlice Eve
SarahMaggie Grace
KimRashida Jones
TomBen McKenzie
Joan ParkerMarley Shelton
Dr BentonBob Gunton
Mr AllenRichard Schiff

Crew

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DirectorSteven Bernstein

Details

Guidance
Swearing, sex scenes, nudity.
Formats
Colour
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