Mario (1984)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Childhood Drama  |   Release Date - Aug 22, 1984 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - Canada   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This film, set against the stunning scenery of the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, details the changing relationship between two brothers. Mario is 10 years old, mute and with limited hearing, and openly worships his older brother Simon, an 18-year-old about to discover the first romantic interest of his life. Mario depends on Simon all the more because their parents are busy on the island during the tourist season, leaving their youngest son on his own. Although Mario manages to survive Simon's preference for the young woman he meets -- she will not be there forever -- an accident intervenes in the brothers' relationship and is the cause of enormous change in Mario's life. The brothers try to adjust as best they can, for it appears as though Mario will have to leave for the mainland and live in a special home for the hearing and voice impaired. The setting, music, and performances are excellent in this slightly uneven story.



autism, brother, accidental-death, jealousy, mute