A socially awkward teenage math prodigy (Asa Butterfield) finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad, in this warm and inspirational drama co-starring Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall and Eddie Marsan.
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It’s indeed a heartwarming drama spurred by feel-good attitudes and honorable intentions, but I must object that there are no effective surprises in the story, as well as nothing fresh in the way it’s told. (2.5 stars)
This film manages to be both sentimental and unsentimental about the subject of autism. It plays that balance on its own terms and it pays off. Nothing feels forced or worthy, it's a coherent fictional world, albeit a romanticized one. By cannily comparing the syndrome to 'typical' people, it shows that we all face our demons, physical and psychological. The key is to not reduce the sum to its parts.
Good drama with fine performances all around. I liked that there was an emotional resonance that felt true and honest even though the script felt a bit skimpy on the details. Solid direction as well. Did not care too much for the soundtrack though. A good watch!
3.5/5 Un film basé sur un documentaire réalisé en 2007 qui traite de l'autisme avec délicatesse mais qui a tendance à en rajouter un peu trop dans le pathos. Chronique à lire sur Citazine : http://www.citazine.fr/article/monde-de-nathan-difficile-equation-sentiments
Based on a documentary a small boy Asa Butterfield has an extraordinary gift in maths and is coached by a disillusioned former Olympiad suffering from MS. They embark on a complex journey getting ever closer to the ultimate test while training with the Chinese team.
Very well acted and full of heart, it's one of those smaller scale pieces that possesses all the virtues one associates with the BBC stable: an unusual setting, unconventional characters and a sensitive treatment of autistic experience, adolescent grief and love.