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Films for adult siblings

Film cover - two adults stand side by side, one is holding an urn.

An Irish Goodbye (2022)

“On a farm in rural Northern Ireland, estranged brothers Turlough (Seamus O’Hara) and Lorcan (James Martin) are forced to reunite following the untimely death of their mother (Michelle Fairley). But when the pair discover an unfulfilled bucket list belonging to their late mum, their pained reunion takes an altogether different course.” – IMDB

Lorcan has Down’s syndrome.

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Film cover - a mother, father, two children and a dog walk down a street.

Wonder (2017)

“Based on the New York Times bestseller, “Wonder” tells the incredibly inspiring, heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.” – IMDB

Part of the story is told from the point of view of the sibling.

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Film cover - three adults and a tour bus

Mission to Lars (2012)


“Kate and Will Spicer’s brother, Tom, has Fragile X Syndrome, the most common form of inherited learning disability. He is also a massive fan of Lars Ulrich from Metallica. They made a promise to Tom that they would get him to meet Lars. Tom’s dream is their promise. Together they went on a Mission to Lars.” – IMDB

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Film poster - a man runs in underpants and headphones

The Black Balloon (2008)

“All Thomas wants is a normal adolescence but his autistic brother, Charlie, thwarts his every opportunity. Will Thomas, with the help of his girlfriend, Jackie, accept his brother?” – IMDB

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Film poster - A young man and his brother look into the distance

What’s eating Gilbert Grape? (1993)

“A young man in a small Midwestern town struggles to care for his [learning disabled] younger brother and morbidly obese mother while attempting to pursue his own happiness.” – IMDB

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