It is quite the depressing family drama, and the sort of film that was unceremoniously saved by the powerhouse casting. I do not know if there could've been a future for it, otherwise. And even though it does have the capacity of surprising you and stringing you to its affecting core themes, it screamed of a melodramatic "TV movie" formula throughout.
I liked the direction of the movie, but I seriously only watched this for the performances of Meryl Streep, Leonardo Dicaprio, Robert DeNiro, and Diane Keaton. The script was very nice, but I felt that there was something missing.
It has a TV-drama feel over it but it transcends to something more memorable due to it's powerful presence from the actors and powerful characters. It even manage to have some optimism in it's heavy-stuff depressing subject matter. Sadly Hume Cronyn's final appearance on film which is extra hard to swallow as he plays more or less a dying man with no dialogue throughout the entire film.
Only watched it because of the massively talented cast members' performances: Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Robert DeNiro and Leonardo DiCaprio. Without them this would be just another TV movie to watch during lunch time.
Diane Keaton y Meryl Streep están excelentes como dos hermanas con personalidades dispares, reencontrándose luego de que la primera es diagnosticada con leucemia; Leonardo DiCaprio ofrece una buena actuación como el hijo-rebelde-sin-causa. Sin embargo, su tono y look de telefilme no están muy a la altura de su talentoso reparto, que incluye a Robert DeNiro, en un pequeño papel de doctor.