I recently ran across a web site which mentioned the death of child star Brad Renfro. He starred in two of my favorite movies. The Client and Apt Pupil. I read about his struggle with drugs and alchohol -- and it just made me question his troubles. We all have our inner demons.
I went browsing for other movies he has been involved in. I found a movie he made shortly after he starred in "The Client" titled "The Cure." I read the reviews on Netflix and everyone said it was the type of movie that made grown men cry. I accepted that as a challenge. The synoposis of the movie didn't really appeal to me. I was recalling my CSA and didn't think anything could make me cry. I have cried myself out recalling my own life story.
The theme doesn't involve CSA but it does touch on an abusive Mother. I don't know if that is what triggered me - but I broke down like a baby at the end of the movie. I felt a relief in a way. I felt I needed a good cry to cleanse my own system. To feel human again and have a story touch my heart in a way that gave me a sense of mourning - not only for the theme - but for something I felt I lost in my own childhood.
It is about two friends around the age of 12. One of them has contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion. It is set in the time when this lead to an early demise. The boys form a friendship and go off looking for a cure.
It touched on the memory that when I was young - I was afraid to talk about my abuse - because some viewed it as a "deadly disease" I had contracted -- even before AIDS was an issue.
The movie touches on that sort of prejudice and how the boys faced it with dignity and courage.
I felt Brad's acting this movie was just as good as it was in The Client. Netflix Reviews - The Cure IMDb -- The Cure
It was a feel good movie with a tear jerking ending.