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The Black Balloon

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All fifteen-year-old Thomas Mollison wants is a normal adolescence. And when his pregnant mother has to put in him in charge of his autistic older brother Charlie, Thomas faces his biggest challenge yet.
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Boston Globe
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April 02, 2009

Structurally and cinematically, The Black Balloon sticks to the coming-of-age basics, but [director] Down has a gift for conveying time and place.
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The Patriot Ledger
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May 25, 2013

Autism is a subject most filmmakers fear to broach, but not Aussie newcomer Elissa Down, she attacks the issue with honesty and passion.
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Austin Chronicle
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April 09, 2009

A film that mostly skirts artifice and sentimentality for a truer portrait of a family battered and bruised but nowhere near broken.
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What Would Toto Watch?
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May 03, 2009

The Black Balloon is neither 'Rain Man' nor 'The Other Sister. This Aussie charmer charts its own course.
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Times-Picayune

August 14, 2009

It's a well-meaning film, marked by Luke Ford's sensitive portrayal of a disabled character. But the main character is bland, imparting the same vibe on the rest of the film.
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Seattle Times
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April 02, 2009

There are wrenching scenes that are brutally stark, yet there remains a steady sense of calm that is touching and sensitive without ever turning sentimental.
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San Francisco Chronicle
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April 17, 2009

The film's vision is neither a grim wallow nor falsely cheerful. It's compassionate but unblinking, and in the end we can't help but admire the genuine strength of how its characters accept their special challenge.
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Boston Phoenix
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April 23, 2009

Wakefield anchors the well-paced quieter moments.
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Chicago Tribune

April 10, 2009

At its sharpest Elissa Down's feature directorial debut is guided by intense, rough-edged emotional swings that feel authentically alive, even when the script settles for tidiness.
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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April 16, 2009

The Black Balloon is marked by the fiercest bravery you're likely to encounter on screen this year.
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Chicago Sun-Times
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April 10, 2009

The Black Balloon establishes this family with a delicate mixture of tenderness and pain.
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Washington Post
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May 01, 2009

Thomas and Jackie's friendship, blossoming into a chaste romance, is the dramatic engine that powers The Black Balloon, but it's far from the most important relationship in the film.
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