There's something familiar about many of the ingredients here: the focus on the difficulty of coming-of-age within a conservative community that recalls numerous Australian films from the past, especially the 80s and 90s. That said, this shouldn't take away from the fact that this is a sensitive and heartwarming depiction of ordinary people dealing with the accumulative strains of raising an autistic child.
I take my monkey hat off to Luke Ford for his hands-down stunning performance as the autistic Charlie. Just wow. A strong drama that really does hit home how hard it can be to have close relatives with developmental disorders. Tough to watch in places but heartwarming in others.