Book #19 – The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – the movie
Earlier this year I read The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards. The writing was okay, but the story really intrigued me; the idea that one person’s decision could affect so many lives.
David Henry is a doctor that specializes in bones, but during a blizzard in 1964 he has to deliver his own baby. However, there turns out to be more than one baby. After perfect Paul is delivered there’s another: imperfect Phoebe. David immediately notices the signs of Phoebe’s Down’s Syndrome, and asks the only other person in the clinic at the time, Caroline, to bring Phoebe to an institution for the mentally disabled. Upon arrival, she realizes that she cannot leave Phoebe in that place. So Caroline disappears with the baby, to raise Phoebe herself. Meanwhile, David tells his wife, Nora, the Phoebe died at birth.
This evening I watched the made-for-TV movie adaptation of the book, which came out last year. As in all movie adaptations, there were parts of the book that were left out. Entire scenes that seemed important in the book, even whole characters. But I felt that the movie stayed true to the story and the effects that David’s decision had on not only his only family, but also Caroline. Although it didn’t really show the extent to which all the characters struggled, it did portray that they all had to deal with the decision that David made.
I’m not going to talk much about the acting or production of the movie. But I will say that Emily Watson’s portrayal of Caroline was one my favourite things about the movie. And yes, there were some cheesy made-for-TV moments, but I did need a few tissues to make it through the end. If you have read the book, I highly recommend seeing the movie as well.