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Release Date: December 5th, 2008

DVD Release Date: March 23rd, 2010

PG-13|1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary
Thomas struggles with having an autistic brother.

Cast: Rhys Wakefield, Gemma Ward, Luke Ford, Toni Collette, Erik Thomson, Deborah Ann Piper, Henry Nixon, Aaron Glenane

Director: Elissa Down

Genres: Drama

Distributors: Neoclassic Films

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Much has been made of supermodel Gemma Ward's doll-like features, but there's nothing plastic about her debut performance in the charming Australian indie The Black Balloon. show more

  • 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. show more

  • Luke Ford's performance as Charlie is a convincing tour de force. You may recall him as Brendan Fraser's heroic son in "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor." Rhys Wakefield, in his first feature role, is a good casting decision, suggesting inner turmoil without overacting. show more

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