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What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Gilbert Grape has a tough life
Gilbert Grape is a young man who lives in Endora, a small place that is calm and nothing really happens. He is the oldest child in the family Grape. The Father is dead. Gilbert is the caretaker of his autistic brother Arnie. Taking care of Arnie is a demanding task, at least while you are working at the local grocery store.
The siblings Grape have a mother that never leaves the house. The mother's battle with shame and humiliation over her obesity is mixed with a loving atmosphere between the children and her. The care they give her is so warm so you feel really touched.
The book you will read more than once! - As ususal the book gives you more than the movie
I have the book in my book case and every 4 or 5 years, I take it out and read it again. This is actually a love story! The best love in the world. This is about being there for each other inspite of the difficult circumstances.
One summer day, the caravan of trailors come to the little town. A young girl, Becky, is in one of them. She is living with her older relative and this girl is unusually mature and wise. Gilbert gets a friend in her.
The writer is Peter Hedges
"Somedays you want him to live, somedays...you don't"
says Gilbert about his brother
I have seen the movie so many times. - It gives a mix of warm feelings of love and hope
Acting: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen, Darlene Cates
Producer: Lasse Hallstrom
What I think is that the best scenes in the film are those between Depp and DiCaprio. They both play their caracters so believable and true. Sometimes my eyes get full of tears and other times I just smile from ear to ear.
Di Caprio was nominated for an Oscar for his role. Five years before Titanic came.
The characters of Gilbert Grape: Interviews with Peter Hedges, Lasse Hallstrom, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Darlene Cates and Mary Steenburgen
Clips and scenes from WhatÂ´s eating Gilbert Grape
johnny Depp makes Gilbert Grape alive
When Becky meets Gilberts mother
Mum says: I have not always looked like this
Becky answers: I have not always looked like this either.
How about you?
Have you read the book or seen the movie?
Lasse HallstrÃ¶m - the movie maker - He comes from Sweden
Lasse Hallstrom has made so many movies we really remember and Gilbert Grape is one of them.
May be you recognize more of his movies?