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The Black Balloon (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 6 March 2008 (Australia)
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All Thomas wants is a normal adolescence but his autistic brother, Charlie, thwarts his every opportunity. Will Thomas, with the help of his girlfriend, Jackie, accept his brother?

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Sarah Woods ...
Woman Next Door
Sam Fraser ...
Kid Next Door
Makirum Fahey-Leigh ...
Mate of Kid Next Door
Oliver Brookes ...
Other Mate of Kid Next Door
Jan Ringrose ...
Neighbour
Bradley Orford ...
Neighbour
Zelie Bullen ...
Mother in Van
Anthony Phelan ...
Mr. Masters
Deborah Piper ...
Janet - Social Worker
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Storyline

Thomas is turning 16. His dad's in the army and they've just moved to a town in New South Wales; his mom is pregnant; his older brother, Charlie, who's autistic, has his own adolescent sexual issues. Thomas finds Charlie an embarrassment in public, so when Thomas is attracted to Jackie, a girl in his swim class, Charlie presents any number of obstacles when she drops by their house, when the three of them go for a walk, and during a family birthday dinner. Can Thomas find a way to enter the world of teen romance and still be his brother's keeper, or is Charlie's disability going to prove more than Thomas can handle? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Normal is relative. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content, a scene of violence, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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6 March 2008 (Australia)  »

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AUD 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,342 (USA) (5 December 2008)

Gross:

$10,342 (USA) (5 December 2008)
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A Bronze Medallion is an Australian Lifesaving qualification. There are 14 components that must be completed to achieve this qualification, all based around high quality swimming skills and rescue techniques. See more »

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Maggie Mollison: Your brother will never be able to do the things you can Thomas, He will live with us for the rest of his life.
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Streets of Your Town
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excellent, ...!
11 August 2008 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

the actors, they were astonishing... simply astonishing.

this is a beautiful movie, humane, sentimental, TRUE and not "drama" actually. Why say its a drama? its reality! its LIFE!

I don't have an autistic person in my family, but i know people who have, and I've met children who are autistic. Everybody should know, what this means, what its like for a family, and its members. but most of all, everyone should see, what a human being is capable of, the love, the care, the beauty, the sensitivity, the tolerance, the acceptance, but also all the negative sides, the ignorance, the desperate moments, the anger..

the best movie .... I've seen in years. the only meaningful movie I've seen in years. bravo... to all the participants, the writers, the actors, ... bravo.


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