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What's Eating Gibert Grape is a beautifully shot movie of tenderness, caring and self-awareness that is set amongst the fictional working class one street town Endora. Centred around the Grape family Ellen and Amy and their two brothers Arnie and Gilbert, who, along with their morbidly obese widowed mother Bonnie Grape are striving to survive and coexist with the absence of a father figure, low wage work and seventeen-year-old Arnie's severe mental condition. It is in this awkward and extremely one sided affair that the unfortunate Gilbert has to constantly, while working for the town's slowly dying convenience store, take care of his younger brother Arnie. Gilbert's life, his future, is thwarted he knows this, but it is in this guardian angel that his love and bond for Arnie cannot, and will not, be let go. That is until the free spirit of Becky arrives in town, and with her grandmother are stranded for the week while waiting for parts for their vehicle. This realization unties new ... Written by
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Focusing on the angst of an unwanted small-town life, the film follows
the daily life of Johnny Depp's Gilbert Grape. He is sarcastic yet
introverted, protective yet shy.
His mentally-challenged brother, Leonardo Dicaprio's Arnie, steals the
heart and full attention of the audience. His depiction of a teenager
trapped in the inescapable bind of mental retardation is moving and
real, deserving of the 1993 Oscar Award Nomination.
Darlene Cates, who plays Momma, delivers a truly remarkable
performance. Her display of motherly devotion, emotional turmoil and
daily physical struggle are deserving of grand recognition.
Gilbert's life is turned around by the unexpected introduction of
Juliette Lewis's Becky. Becky's free-spirited and optimistic take on
life greatly influence's Gilbert's own life.
WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE is deeply tragic yet deeply real tale of a
complicated family stuck in a simple town. The performances of Johnny
Depp, Leonardo Dicaprio, Darlene Cates and Juliette Lewis are unmatched
and truly wonderful. It is a film woven together with comedy, drama,
love and everyday emotion, perfected with beautiful cinematography and
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