What's Eating Gilbert Grape?


He may have graduated to multiplex greatness with Pirates Of The Caribbean, but Johnny Depp's best work is still embedded in early '90s arthouse cinema. Just look at this indie charmer.

Depp excels as smalltown eccentric Gilbert Grape, trying to keep his orca-fat mom and mentally challenged brother (a terrific baby-faced Leo DiCaprio) happy and/or out of trouble. It's a performance - and a film - that could have slid into slushy sentiment. Instead, Depp gives us an emotional centre to a special movie about life, love and change. Given the craft and restraint on show here, it's hard to believe that Swedish helmer Lasse Hallström would later churn out Chocolat and The Shipping News.

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