"Nature is cruel, but we don’t have to be.” What a breathtakingly beautiful film. I am actually in awe and speechless. The only thing I can say right now is if there's still someone out there who's not sure about Claire Danes' talent this film will undoubtedly change your mind.
Occasionally aimless and repetitive, this biopic mostly avoids cliches and easy dramatizing due to Claire Danes' performance, a sense of humor that points out Grandin's eccentricities in a light-heated and entertaining way, as well as taking on a 3-dimensional storytelling structure of flash-back/flash-forwarding in its early sections. The director's style also puts us into her mind with its flourishes.
It's all about perspective... There are gifted people who can truly see things in extraordinary details, in blue prints that they see with fresh and unique eyes, and they experience the world so figuratively like no one would have imagined. Temple Grandin's life and her passionate research is astounding. What a brilliant mind! You gotta give it to Clare Danes, for her brilliant performance as Ms. Grandin. Great film!
"I'm like Nikola Tesla or Thomas Edison, I know my system will work 'cause i've been through it thousand times in my head." (Temple is a professor at Colorado State University and lectures worldwide on autism and animal handling. In North America, over half the cattle are handled in humane systems she has designed.)
"...They will be very calm. Nature is cruel but we don't have to be. We owe them some respect. I touched the first cow that was being stunned. In a few seconds it was going to be just another piece of beef, but in that moment it was still an individual. It was calm and then it was gone. I became aware of how precious life was..." she might be my hero.