My Sister’s Keeper (2009)
The siblings: Anna (Abigail Breslin) and Kate Fitzgerald (Sofia Vassilieva)
What puts them at odds? Anna was conceived and born to be a match for her sick older sister, in order to provide blood, tissue and organs as needed. But Anna finally sues for control of her own body and her own life.
This is a case where one sister is entirely justified in feeling aggrieved by the other: Anna’s whole life has been about keeping her older sister alive. Bred and harvested for Kate’s medical needs, it would be hard to blame Anna in her quest for medical emancipation from her parents. But there’s a shock twist! (Look away now if you have neither seen the film nor read the book and/or care) Anna’s actually acting at Kate’s behest, with the elder sister determined not to fight to stay alive any longer, especially at the cost of her younger sister’s kidney. So in the end this is less about sibling rivalry as mother vs. daughters conflict. Still, we’re putting it in here because it’s a rare case where one sister is actively conceived for the other's benefit, which has got to cause some issues.
Which sibling is your favourite?
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