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The Black Balloon (2008)

The Black Balloon

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

December 05, 2008 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

97 min.

Studio

NeoClassics Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  2 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Elissa Down

Producer

Tristram Miall

Screenwriter

Elissa Down, Jimmy Jack

Starring

Story


When Thomas (Rhys Wakefield) and his family move to a new home and he has to start at a new school, all he wants is to fit in.

When his pregnant mother (Toni Collette) has to take things easy, his father Simon (Erik Thomson) puts him in charge of his autistic older brother Charlie (Luke Ford).

Thomas, with the help of his new girlfriend Jackie (Gemma Ward), faces his biggest challenge yet. Charlie's unusual antics take Thomas on an emotional journey that causes his pent-up frustrations about his brother to pour out - in a story that is funny, confronting, and ultimately heart-warming.

"The Black Balloon" is a story about fitting in, discovering love and accepting your family.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..harrowing, unsentimental..”
by Stephen Holden [NY Times]
“..an unsparing but sympathetic look at a family with an autistic teenager..”
by Lou Lumenick [New York Post]
“..occasionally sidles right up to the edge of heartwarming schmaltziness..”
by Nick Schager [Slant Magazine]