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Film of the week What's eating Gilbert Grape? Sunday 22nd April, 9.00pm, BBC1 Romantic comedy drama Starring: Johnny Depp, Leonardo dicaprio, Mary Steenburgen, Juliette Lewis. Directed by: Lasse Hallstrom Director Lasse Hallstrom was best known for his famous movie 'My life as a dog' (1985) by which he gained an international audience. He was a popular director in his birth country Sweden and is attracted to emotional family related storylines but tries to avoid sentimentality. After directing the famous film 'The cider house rules' (1999) he received his second academy award nomination which completely lifted his career. In 2000 he came out with 'Chocolat' and this was realistic and truly enchanting for audiences. What's eating Gilbert grape is a film about a man called Gilbert (Depp) ...read more.


Dicaprio plays his role remarkably well and the audience is captured by the way he plays being disabled so amazingly as the audience is actually brought to think that the then unpopular actor was truly handicapped. Depp also plays Gilbert grape astonishingly and it is striking to see all of his tensions he has to cope with. As well as having to put up with the piled up stress of his family which is to enough to drive him towards suicide , Gilbert also has a job at the local store which is being trampled out of business by the supermarket 'Food land' across the road. He is also having a mixed up affair with a crazy married woman Mrs. ...read more.


Mr Carver the camera is shot on the upper half of his body so it looks as though Betty is giving him pleasure however you cant see it but just work it out from Gilberts facial expressions. A more serious part of the film where the visual aids and sound effects are put in good use is when the Grape family are all sat in their living room and Ellen comes in to tell them about Mr Carver's death and we know that Gilbert is very tense and stressed out about everything and to sum up the drama and tension in the room there are really loud train noises coming from the television. The director has used prosthetics to make the film even more realistic by having the mother wear a fat suit so she looks morbidly obese. ...read more.

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