A teenager with longer hair looks at a woman, resting their head on her shoulder.

About Disability On Film: What's Eating Gilbert Grape?

Lasse Hallström brings his unique sensibility for finding the whimsical and bizarre in the everyday to this tale of a dysfunctional family in small town America. Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp) is the family’s bread-winning member, who must deal with an autistic brother Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio), two immature and squabbling sisters and an immobile mother in mourning for her husband.

For the time it was made (the early 90s), Gilbert Grape offers a fairly nuanced take on autism, as translated by an extraordinary performance from DiCaprio. Many will question casting a neurotypical actor as an autistic character, but Hallström’s film has a big heart and that most clearly comes across with how Arnie is treated by his loving family.

Booking info

Duration includes trailers, adverts and any Q&A/panel. For events such as NT Live, Colour Box and Reel & Meal there will be minimal advertising. We do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy.

MAC’s cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub Midlands.

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