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FILM: What's Eating Gilbert Grape?

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The film’s focus is on Momma (Darlene Cates), whose 600-pound frame shakes the rafters of the house in those rare moments she is able to rise; she eats on the sofa (the children bring the kitchen table to her), sleeps on the sofa (a bed is made up there every night), and watches television and her family the rest of the time. Gilbert (Johnny Depp) is the oldest son who takes care of everyone, especially his eighteen-year-old brother, Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio), who is mentally challenged and requires constant attention. Dir: Lasse Hallstrom, 1993

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Medical Humanities Society series.

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