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4.0 out of 5 stars A flawed but beautiful film, 20 Jan. 2009
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This review is from: The Black Balloon [DVD] (DVD)
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Of what I've learnt, the director of this film has based Black Balloon on his own life experiences. And it shows. To get it off my chest straight away, the strongest point to compliment about the Black Balloon is how personal the film is. Through every second of the film, you can tell the heart that's been pushed into it.

Black Balloon isn't your typical feel good movie. Most of the film is actually pretty harrowing to watch, and although the movie ends like a feel good movie, the result definately isn't happy. For anyone looking for a film anything like Rain Man, you should look away. It's a pretty dark view at autism, compared to most films. You've got the occassional moments that are shocking enough to make you want to look away.

It's pretty emotional at times, it's mostly helped by a great cast (Toni Colette, amazing as always), but there was one big niggle I had with the genuine feel of the film. The female characters seem very unrealistic. In hectic situations these female characters are going through, they seem a little too calm, while all the male characters act realistically to what's going on (screaming and fighting). The females are all perfect, you have the perfect girl who's beautiful, smart, kind and you have the mum who remains completly calm even during the worst situations. Personally if I was going through what they were going through, I'd be on the floor sobbing, crying and going through suicidal thoughts. It just didn't convince me that the female characters were real.

All in all, a decent film. I'd recommend it, but it's not for everyone.
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Initial post: 21 Jan 2009 19:29:54 GMT
Great review; also kinda random but my family live in Dyserth (Elwy Avenue).

Posted on 4 Dec 2009 11:09:13 GMT
S. BARON says:
The director is a woman, sister to two brothers with ASD.
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