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Mental disability is an issue that mainstream movies find hard to sell. The involving drama I Am Sam - starring an Oscar-nominated Sean Penn as a man with a mental age of seven thrown into the dilemma of trying to retain custody of his daughter (Dakota Fanning) - tries to break down these barriers and, to an extent, succeeds. The film admirably carries an uplifting message - all soundtracked to covers of songs by Sam's favourite band, The Beatles.
Powerful film centring on a childlike man who faces a haunting moral dilemma following his release from an asylum for the criminally insane.
14+ years 129 mins
Beautiful account of John Merrick, a man with a severe physical deformity rescued from a cruel circus sideshow in Victorian London.
11+ years 118 mins
Moving true story of writer Dominique Bauby's stroke, which left him paralysed except for his left eye, with which he was able to dictate his memoir.
14+ years 107 mins
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