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The Black Balloon

When Thomas and his family move to a new home and he has to start at a new school, all he wants is to fit in. When his pregnant mother has to take things easy, his father Simon puts him in charge of his autistic older brother Charlie. Thomas, with the help of his new girlfriend Jackie, faces his biggest challenge yet. Charlie's unusual antics take Thomas on an emotional journey that causes his pent-up frustrations about his brother to pour out - in a story that is funny, confronting, and ultimately… Show more

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April 3, 2009 - Boston.com - Ty Burr, Globe Staff

It's a blazing hot day in 1990 Australia, and the Mollisons are moving into a new house again. They're an army family: dad Simon (Erik Thomson), pregnant mum Maggie (Toni Collette), gangly 15-year-old son Tom (Rhys Wakefield) all carrying cartons into the house. On the front lawn sits older brother Charlie (Luke Ford), banging a wooden spoon and laughing hysterically. The neighbors stare without embarrassment. Most of them have never seen an autistic person before.

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