• The Theory of Flight (1998)

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Release Date: December 23rd, 1998

R|1 hr 39 min

Plot Summary
Free-spirited artist Richard (Kenneth Branagh) finds himself in the employ of Jane (Helena Bonham Carter) when he is forced to do community service after leaping from a building with a rickety homemade glider strapped to his back. Jane, a young woman with a degenerative neurological disease, uses a wheelchair for mobility and a voice synthesizer to communicate. Through this device, she implores Richard to help her in her quest to lose her virginity before she dies.

Cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Kenneth Branagh, Gemma Jones, Holly Aird, Ray Stevenson

Director: Paul Greengrass

Genres: Romance

Production Co: Distant Horizon

Distributors: Fine Line Features

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A TV-movie-ish love story laden with heavy-handed metaphor... The Theory of Flight is feeble stuff. show more

  • Greengrass' direction is uninspired, but there is powerful chemistry between a workmanlike Branagh and (real-life girlfriend) Bonham Carter. And her original, seductive and always believable turn as the difficult-but-lovable Jane raises the movie above all its flaws. [23 Dec. 1998, p.44]

  • It's a sweet, low-key and satisfying film -- and it deserves a heap of credit for treating its subject with humor and humanity. show more

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