The Theory of Flight (1998)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Medical Drama, Romantic Drama  |   Release Date - Dec 23, 1998 (USA)  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - UK  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Continuing cinema's fascination with bringing the stories of handicaps and the mentally challenged to the big screen (Rain Man, My Left Foot, Shine, etc.), here comes a low-budget film about the unlikely love story of people brought together by fate, as well as 120 hours of community service. As a frustrated artist who can't build himself a flying machine, Richard (Kenneth Branagh) eventually finds himself in trouble with the law. As punishment for his eccentric behavior, he accepts community service in the company of Jane (Helena Bonham Carter), a strong-willed woman suffering from the neuromuscular disorder called ALS (otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's disease). As the two learn from each other, Jane turns to Richard with the biggest favor of all, helping her lose her virginity. What ensues is a romance/friendship that changes their lives forever.

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artist, bonding [relationship], community-service, disability, disorder, friendship, virgin