Monday, February 29, 2016

A Brilliant Young Mind: A film about love and math

I've seen the movie A Brilliant Young Mind (released in England as X + Y) twice in the past year - I randomly came across it on a flight back from England, and then saw a screening of it about 6 months later at the Joint Math Meetings.  From wikipedia:
The film, inspired by Beautiful Young Minds, focuses on a teenage English mathematics prodigy named Nathan (Asa Butterfield) who has difficulty understanding people, but finds comfort in numbers. When he is chosen to represent Great Britain at the International Mathematical Olympiad, Nathan embarks on a journey in which he faces unexpected challenges, such as understanding the nature of love.
The film is very emotional - for example, early on in the movie, Nathan is diagnosed with autism and soon afterwards his father dies tragically in a car accident while Nathan is sitting in the passenger seat.  It's rated PG-13, and I highly recommend it for teenagers and adults!
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