MY ZOE made me think; made me think hard and question how incredibly wrong and on how many levels, Zoe’s mother was.
Zoe is an extremely intelligent, precocious 8 year old. Her parents are separated and have a combative, difficult relationship. Dad is hurt and trying to hurt mom back and mom is devoid of emotions other than an unhealthy preoccupation with Zoe. Yes, I think it is possible for parents to be too involved, too focused or obsessive with their children and such is the situation here.
Subtle symptoms that look like a cold or flu pop up in Zoe one afternoon. Mom, the immunologist, checks
her out but there’s no fever. She tucks her in early going thru the usual bed time routine and heads off for a quiet evening in the next room with her boyfriend. The next morning, Zoe is in a coma, having regurgitated over night sometime, they call and ambulance for assistance and head off to the hospital. In a short while they learn she’s got a massive brain bleed and needs immediate surgery, which happens.
Bad goes to worse and half the movie is spent in the hospital with these two parents trying to fix blame on each other, themselves, teachers, the nanny, ANYWHERE they can just to find an answer of some kind. Once it’s clear Zoe isn’t going to survive, mom turns her attention to methods of preserving her, recreating her, cloning her after reading a professional article about an highly suspect protocol and doctor she’d met a few years ago at a conference.
By subterfuge of nearly everyone, mom the immunologist, convinces the fringe OBGYN/Infertility/Clone specialist to help her recreate Zoe. Because she’s devoid of emotions, she’s also apparently without a moral compass and the only person in this film not burdened by the pursuit of cloning her daughter. As a viewer, I was rattled by everything she did: ethnically, morally, legally and above all, spiritually.
Is this film worth watching? I think so, if for no other reason other than to have discussions with yourself or others you trust, about what you believe and why. This movie will get you thinking but it’s an unwieldy project that’s missing a score, has clunky dialogue, narrow scoped photography and worst of all, there’s not enough relationship development to support the storyline properly; too many pieces are missing from the puzzle.
This technology exists. We need clear rules before doctors are playing God and ordering up designer offspring for people with unlimited bank accounts🍿