6 Balloons

2018TV-MA75 min

A loyal sister struggles to stay afloat while driving her heroin-addicted brother to a detox center and looking after his 2-year-old daughter.

Genres:Dramas, Independent Movies

Director:Marja Lewis Ryan

Cast:Abbi Jacobson, Dave Franco, Jane Kaczmarek, Tim Matheson, Charlotte Carel, Madeline Carel, Maya Erskine, Dawan Owens, Jen Tullock

Production Country:United States

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Added to Netflix:April 6, 2018

From the Daily Dot

In Marja-Lewis Ryan's 6 Balloons, one long night tests the limits of compassion. It tells the story of Katie (Broad City's Abbi Jacobson) a woman who's trying to plan a surprise birthday party for her boyfriend. But as the day goes on she collides with her brother Seth (Dave Franco), a heroin addict who's using again. "The loneliness inside those dark moments is almost more crippling... not being able to talk about the things; not knowing where to talk," Ryan tells the Daily Dot. "If this isn't your story, then maybe you can gain a little empathy for people who are experiencing this. And if it is your story, hopefully, you can feel a little less lonely." 6 Balloons is very much about middle-class addiction, based on a similar night Ryan's best friend (and the film's co-producer) Samantha Housman experienced: Her brother, a lawyer, was addicted to heroin.

Audra Schroeder

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