TWO THUMBS UP!
12 on a scale of 10!
Best movie I’ve seen this year. Funny though, it came out 4 years ago as a made for TV film on HBO. I hadn’t heard a thing about it, even though the star, Clair Danes, won Best Actor from Golden Globe for her amazing performance
The movie tells the gripping story of Temple Grandin who struggled with autism as a child and grew up to become a professor with a PhD who changed an entire industry. The real Dr. Grandin teaches animal husbandry at Colorado State University.
This is what movies should be about: a powerful story, very well written and directed, amazing photography…and finally using the medium to educate about an important social / medical problem, autism. As a psychologist, I knew about autism. I worked one summer at Porterville State Hospital and saw all of this on the back wards… not a pretty picture. This movie taught me more in just over an hour about autism than all the exposure I had in my training.
While the acting, directing and writing of this amazing movie are in a class by themselves, what really makes it work is the story of how Temple Grandin overcame unbelievable odds to become a successful person with an amazing professional career. And to think that as a child, medical professionals recommended institutionalizing her. She had support from her mother, her aunt, who had a cattle ranch in Arizona, and her beloved teacher, professor Carlock who mentored her and helped her reach her potential.
You can get the movie on NetFlix. It will be worth your time.