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One boys struggle with life and his autistic brother,
This review is from: The Black Balloon [DVD] (DVD)
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Another little gem from Australia. Black Balloon tells the story of Thomas, a young lad struggling with adolescence and coping with his autistic brother.
Aimed more at the teen/young adult market, Black Balloon heartwarmingly shows the complex and difficult relationship between Thomas and his autistic brother, Charlie. Having moved to a new house and school all Thomas wants to do is try and fit in and also win the affection of fellow class mate Jackie. Unfortunately, the other classmates are only too willing to ridicule Charlie, much to Thomas's embarassment. Thomas is torn between doing the right thing by his family and being accepted by his peers.
Jackie seems to be breath of fresh air as she has no problem being around Charlie despite his erratic and sometimes disturbing behaiviour and helps Thomas to accept that life with Charlie doesnt have to be a bad thing. After a voilent confrontation and wracked with guilt, Thomas realises that Charlie cannot change and that he has to accept his brother as he is and be at peace with it.
Standout performances from all the young cast and also Toni Collette (of Muriels Wedding) as Thomas's pregnant mum who is the heart of the family.
This drama has its funny and touching moments and sympathetically portrays the struggles young people have to fit in, being different and being happy with who you are.