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Review: 'Decoding Annie Parker' traces discovery of breast cancer gene
Review: 'Decoding Annie Parker' traces discovery of breast cancer gene

"Decoding Annie Parker," starring Samantha Morton and Helen Hunt, traces the discovery of the breast cancer gene through the lives of two women — one who carries it, one who uncovers it. Based on two true stories, this modest indie with major ambitions is directed by veteran cinematographer Steven Bernstein, making a solid feature debut. He uses the barely intersecting lives of Annie Parker (Morton), who lost her mother and sister to the disease before being diagnosed with it herself, and geneticist Mary-Claire King (Hunt), to dissect the search for the BRCA-1 gene in both personal and scientific terms. Though the film opens as Parker arrives late to a lecture by King...

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