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Oscar’s Relationship with Infertility

By Tracey Minella

February 25th, 2013 at 8:12 pm

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Last night was the 85th Annual Academy Awards celebration. As I watched the show, a small part of me…the cynic…couldn’t help but shake my head at the ridiculous amount of money entertainers make for what they do. (Was I the only one secretly wondering how many IVF cycles could have been funded by that gown Jennifer Lawrence tripped over?) But then, they only make it because we’re willing to pay it to see them. In fact, America loves Hollywood so much that millions of us watch not only their movies, but also shows where they give awards to each other!

Why are movies so important to infertile people? Well, they are still an affordable date for most folks. They’re a good choice for an outing when you have to socialize with those annoying friends that would otherwise talk your ear off about their children. But most importantly, movies are an escape from reality for the infertile couple. True, it’s a temporary one. But as anyone who’s walked a mile in our stirrups knows, we’ll take any escape we can get.

There are dramas that make you cry—a great release of all that pent up emotion and stress. Dramas also make us realize that others are suffering from their own burdens, which is something we may lose sight of when wallowing in our own sadness. Surely, misery loves company.

Then, there are comedies. Sometimes a great comedy is the only thing that can coax that true, long-forgotten belly-laugh out of an infertile person. Laughter really is the best medicine sometimes. (And it beats the heck out of Clomid.)

Of course, there are also animated films. These are tricky. They are usually made for a young audience and attract families, which may make viewing them anything from challenging to unbearable. But some infertile people like them…possibly viewed at home on DVD… because they think of bringing their future child to see such movies someday. I used to buy the Disney DVDs and put them away for my future child “before they went back in the vault for another 10 years”. Anyone else do that?

Then, on only two occasions I can remember, a movie will come along to deal with infertility head-on. This past year saw the release of the Disney movie, The Odd Life of Timothy Green. It was about an infertile couple at the end of their journey who, on the night they decide to give up trying to conceive, wrote down on paper scraps the qualities of the child they longed to have. Then, with heavy hearts, they buried the scraps in a box in their yard. A kick of wind, some Disney magic, and then the next morning, their son “grew” from the garden. The other film I remember starred Nicole Kidman doing IM fertility injections. Anyone remember the name of that one?

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What type of films do you escape with? Or do you escape another way? Did any of this year’s nominees’ or winners’ performances touch your heart?


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