Sam Juliano at Wonders In The Dark has made several requests that I review a movie here at Patricia’s Wisdom. I do not very often go to the Theatre because it is just too expensive for me right now; I do watch at least one movie a week, through the mailbox system of delivery.
However this 2010 movie just popped out at me as it came up in my “recommended for you” folder week after week, I had to read the plot summary and then go on line to look it up and discover it was a biography of a rather exceptional person. NOW, I was interested.
One reason I did not want to watch this movie was I do not like any of the movies that Claire Danes has acted in and that I have seen. She just screws up her face in the most bazaar fashion, it always distracts and I find myself wondering if she is going to cry or just drop over dead – No such luck. Danes was too hearty and healthy to play Beth in Little Women and I find myself talking back to her in every scene, the last time I was ill, I just fast forwarded over her scenes in that movie.
At least, she had brown hair in Temple Grandin. Actually, she was excellent and truly captured Temple’s actions and interpretations. And then again, Ms Grandin liked her portrayal in the movie too. The nice actor from Chocolate played Grandin’s mother and was so good.
Here is how Netflix summarizes the story:
”Emmy winner Claire Danes stars as Temple Grandin, a brilliant young woman coping with the stigma of autism at a time when it was misunderstood. With the support of her loving family, Temple dedicates herself to learning and becomes a famed animal behaviorist. Her passion for animals gives her a unique ability to understand them, and she fulfills her love of education by teaching about autism and the most humane ways to treat livestock and pets.”
Genres:Dramas, Biographical Dramas, Dramas based on real life, Social Issue Dramas, Tearjerkers, 20th Century Period Pieces
This movie is:Emotional, Inspiring, Heartfelt, Feel-good
Here is Temple Grandin’s lecture on TED
Want more Temple Grandin Information? She has a whole page on Wikipedia and numerous websites.
Temple Grandin understands animal behavior. She understands Autism and she understands how minds work and knows how we need the whole spectrum of minds, working at their best capacity to make this world a better place.
“Nature is Cruel, so we do not need to be”
I watched this movie 4 times before I put it back in the mail box to return. I cried each time, Grandin gets up to thank her mother for all her efforts and for not giving up on her. You can read about her mother and she has written a book about her experience, it is called: A Thorn In My Pocket
I adored the scene where Temple’s Mother confronts the doctor with his diagnosis and then just moves forward on her own to help her child become the best that she can be. She did not give up.
I do not give up, I am an exceptional mother with exceptional children and I could relate to this movie on so many levels. It was beautiful storytelling and well worth the effort.
I just love to go to the movie theatre and when the lights go down, I feel myself transported into the world of the film. I enjoy the feeling of leaving the theatre and the sense of re-entry into the world; it is as though I can see with new eyes. I do not like going to the theatre and paying to watch all the ads and product placements. How do you feel about going to the theatre and about all the advertizing?
(Yes, I do realize the ads pay for the movie making – but they have become overwhelming to me recently) The ads did not detract from the important story being told.
I would also ask if you know what the definition is of the “exceptional child” in the world of education? I have used that definition intentionally in this review.
Here is my review Mr. Juliano – I have a few more coming up in the new year. I still like reading the books best because then I choose how the scene looks and how the characters appear – my imagination likes to play.
If you purchase anything from amazon from this site, I will receive a few beans in my bucket.
No one paid me to review this movie, nor did I receive any compensation for mentioning her mother’s book.
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