Temple Grandin a 'Captivating' Look at Autism
Claire Danes shines in title role as animal behavior expert
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2010 12:13 PM CST
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(Newser) – Temple Grandin, the renowned animal behaviorist who credits her achievements to her autism, values "tangible results" over emotion—and so does her HBO biopic. The eponymous film, debuting tomorrow, "avoids the mawkish clichés" so typical of made-for-TV movies, instead delivering "a movie that is funny, instructive, and also intangibly charming," writes Alessandra Stanley in the New York Times.

Grandin is famous for designing humane slaughterhouses, and the film combines "a wonderstruck look at feedlots and loading ramps and a practical, pragmatic view of autism." Claire Danes, in the title role, "is completely at ease in her subject’s lumbering gait and unmodulated voice. She makes Temple’s anxiety as immediate and contagious as her rarer bursts of merriment. And as the character ages and learns more social graces, Ms. Danes seamlessly captures Temple’s progress."

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fancygapva
Feb 6, 2010 6:17 AM CST
Kiss my ass.
susieq1
Feb 6, 2010 1:35 AM CST
Please no satire just common senses talk regarding Autism. My 8 year old grandson has Autism and it is a struggle each and every day for him and the family. He has the bigger struggle, but the pain of being unable to help.
t0ak
Feb 5, 2010 10:30 AM CST
scientology causes autism