Movie Pick: The Black Balloon

by rania
December 4, 2008 5:51 AM
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Toni Colette, Gemma Ward & Erik Thomson in THE BLACK BALLOON.jpg

Maggie (Toni Collette), Jackie (Gemma Ward), and Simon (Erik Thomson) attend a school performance by two brothers, one with autism

A female sensibility in film? Yes. "The Black Balloon," directed by Elissa Down, is not so much a film about a family with an autistic boy, as it is the day-by-day/ minute-by-minute negotiation of household chaos, with Toni Collette as a mother in the eye of the storm.

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