This is one of those hidden treasures I finally got around to seeing recently; it’s actually an HBO original film and thus never made it to the theaters. Just wow! Claire Danes nails the lead role of Temple Grandin.
Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who overcame the limitations imposed on her by her condition to become a Ph.D. and leading expert in the field of animal husbandry. She developed an interest in cattle early in life while spending time at her Aunt and Uncle's ranch. She did not speak until age four and had difficulty right through high school, mostly in dealing with people. Her mother was very supportive as were some of her teachers. She is noted for creating her "hug box", widely recognized today as a way of relieving stress in autistic children, and her humane design for the treatment of cattle in processing plants, which have been the subject of several books and won an award from PETA. Today, she is a professor at Colorado State University and well-known speaker on autism and animal handling.
I know what you’re thinking, “animal husbandry, wohoo … this will be thrilling!” I’m telling you, this is one of THE best films I’ve ever seen that deals specifically with autism. The acting, cinematography, and, more importantly, story are utterly amazing. This thing nailed an 8.5 IMDB score and 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is no small feat.
Many believe it would have earned some Oscars had it been released to the big screen, but being it was an HBO flick, that wasn’t going to happen. Still it garnered 33 major film awards; 7 of them Emmy’s, and Claire Danes actually won the Golden Globe for lead actress in a “Made for Television Motion Picture.” This is a special film that shouldn’t be missed.
Movie Group meets Thursday, April 19. Bring a snack and/or drink to share for fellowship at 5:30pm. The movie starts at 6:00pm—bring $5 if you’ll want pizza.