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A dying 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Donald
Lily Forgach ...
Shrink #1 (as Lilly Forgách)
Ian Fitzgibbon ...
Shrink #2 / Voice of the Glove
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James
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Renata
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Jeff
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Dr. Adrian King
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Shelly
Sean Duggan ...
Teacher
Ben Harding ...
Michael
Killian Coyle ...
Hugo
Rebecca Thompson ...
Sharon
Enda Oates ...
English Teacher
Peter Sexton ...
Billy
Jane Brennan ...
Dr. Johnson
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A dying 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality.

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superhero | teenager

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Animation | Drama

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Release Date:

30 August 2012 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Am Ende eines viel zu kurzen Tages  »

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Budget:

€3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$345 (USA) (4 May 2012)

Gross:

$345 (USA) (4 May 2012)
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[first lines]
Shrink #1: Why do you think you're here? Donald? Why do you think you're here?
Donald Clarke: I'm thinking.
Shrink #2: What are you thinking, Donald? Hmm? Come on, what are you feeling? Sometimes it can be so...
Donald Clarke: What time is it?
Shrink #2: Don't worry, plenty of time.
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Not avoiding the melodrama but keeping it not melodramatic
8 July 2012 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

A year ago I wrote a review about Matching Jack, an Ausralian film about almost the same sort of story. I complained then that despite of the superb acting, the story itself followed every cliché in the book. Well this one is more or less writing the textbook of how to do it right. It doesn't avoid any of the unavoidable melodrama of such a story but it does it without ever letting it spill over. The acting is superb in this one too, but the story makes you feel like you're viewing real people and not a movie about real people, and in this case it works for the film. It's nice to see Andy Serkis for real this time

  • he does a wonderful job even when not hidden behind fancy CG. Also


excelling are the two young leads Thomas Brodie Sangster and Aisling Loftus. There's something in this sort of story that brings out the best from actors. In such a movie if they didn't do it properly it would've turned the film downright unwatchable.


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