'Lorenzo's Oil' doesn't shy away from portraying the heart-wrenching suffering of the five-year-old titular character as he's ravaged by a rare degenerative brain disease that slowly deprives him of his faculties. It's this unflinching depiction by director George Miller, himself trained as a physician, coupled with fantastic performances by Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon as Lorenzo's parents, that make Miller's 1992 effort all the more effective. It's a terrific tearjerker of a film, and it's our free movie pick of the day.

Set during 1984, the Academy Award-nominated 'Lorenzo's Oil' is based on the real-life case of parents Augusto and Michaela Odone who dedicate themselves to finding a treatment for their son's ALD, of which little was known about at the time, and for which no form of therapy existed.
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