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Summary: Michael is a 24-year-old who has cerebral palsy and long-term resident of the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, run by the formidable Eileen. His life is transformed when the maverick Rory O'Shea moves in. Michael is stunned to discover that fast talking Rory, who can move only his right hand, can understand his almost unintelligible speech. Rory's dynamic and rebellious nature soon sparks a flame in Michael, introducing him to a whole new world outside of Carrigmore. (imdb)
I appreciate the effort to resist cliches. This could have easily fallen into the category of trite melodrama. But it, fortunately, refrained from insulting the audience's intelligence, for the most part. The characters feel quite real, especially Rory. We are torn between pity (our natural inclination for a person with his condition) and disdain (after all, he is an asshole). The result is a very real character with very real emotional expressions. Both actors do fantastic jobs here.
While it does have some cliched moments it also has several genuine surprises and mostly is follows a sincere path in crafting a portrait of life confined to a wheelchair. Hints of sadness and strife are counterbalanced by an upbeat attitude and this tone, along with some excellent performances, make for a very engaging and enjoyable film.