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Film Review Whats Eating Gilbert Grape Whats Eating Gilbert Grape is set in a small quiet town called Endora Endora is described as the same as dancing to no music would be it is a story of despair that is marked by the morals of all its characters It is a story recounting the unhappy life of Gilbert Grape Gilbert Jhonny Depp has the immense responsibility of assuming the role of father figure in a dysfunctional family His real dad is long dead the victim of a suicide and his exceptionally obese mother Darlene Cates is generally incapable of moving from the sofa where she spends most of her life Gilberts brain damaged younger brother Arnie Leonardo DiCaprio has to be constantly watched Away from home Gilbert works in the local grocery store hangs out with his friends and carries on an affair with Betty Carver the wife of a local insurance salesman Gilbert is trapped and we come across with deafening volume through the wonderfully understated performance by Johnny Depp We can see the walls of his life threatening to crush him the grinding dullness of his job the desperation of his affair and the lack of freedom demanded by his homelife Into all of this gnawing tedium comes a fresh face in the form of Juileette Lewis Becky of course Gilbert falls in love with her and Arnie develops his own kind of crush If there is a fault in this calm movie that has been picked out it is that the line between allowing damaging behaviour to continue and taking control of the life thats given is very thin this movie comes down directly on the side of sacrifice It is movie about love and responsibility and staying sane without hope Words 299
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