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The Black Balloon

  • NR
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • In this Australian film from the producer of STRICTLY BALLROOM, Thomas (Rhys Wakefield, HOME AND AWAY) has a lot to contend with. Not only has the teenager just moved to a new school, but he also has to take care of his older brother Charlie (Luke Ford, THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR), who is autistic. As Thomas struggles in his relationship with Charlie, he also tries to win the heart of his new girlfriend (Gemma Ward, THE STRANGERS). THE BLACK BALLOON also stars Toni Collette (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) as Thomas and Charlie's pregnant mother.
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  • Credits
    Gemma Ward, Erik Thomson, Rhys Wakefield, Toni Collette, Luke Ford
  • Critic Reviews
    "Eschewing feel-good bromides in favor of messy authenticity, THE BLACK BALLOON is a tough-minded coming-of-age drama....Filmmaker Elissa Down has drawn terrifically natural performances from her cast..."
    Los Angeles Times

    3 stars out of 5 -- "THE BLACK BALLOON establishes this family with a delicate mixture of tenderness and pain....Luke Ford's performance as Charlie is a convincing tour de force..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "[S]weetly eccentric....What at first seems like a burden -- the stigma of difference -- proves to be filled with an uplifting lesson: We're all alone together."
    Washington Post

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