Thursday, March 3, 2011
One of the latest films that fits into this category from HBO is Temple Grandin. Based on a true story, Temple Grandin revolutionized the cattle industry by her analysis and understanding of livestock behavior. In the film version of her life, Claire Danes, portrays Temple. She is a troubled child, rejecting physical touch and detached from emotion. At six years of age, she was diagnosed as autistic. At the time, in the 1950s, the medical profession did not fully comprehend or understand autism. They suggested to her mother, Eustacia (Julia Ormond) that she be institutionalized. But Temple’s mother was determined to give her a normal life no matter how difficult that may be.
If we could only understand that message, what a world we could live in. The fact is we are all different in some way. Temple overcomes her learning difficulties and excels through the help of her mentor, Professor Carlock, played by the versatile David Strathairn. He discovers a way to unlock Temple’s potential through the use of her unusual visual skills.
I know what you are thinking. Its sounds like Temple Grandin is your typical disease of the week movie. You couldn’t be more mistaken. This is a brilliant film, a biography that is full of beauty, grace and the determination of the human spirit. The acting is quite frankly off the chart. It’s on a completely different level. Claire Danes is nothing short of brilliant. And the supporting cast is just as good.
Under the careful hand of director, Nick Jackson, this film finds its own unique style that takes us into the mind of Temple as she sees the world. I can’t stress enough the pure genius of Temple Grandin. This is one film that will uplift your spirit. No matter what situation you may face or whatever difficulties you may encounter, anything is possible.
Temple Grandin has been well received as it won several Emmys that included Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director. It’s continued proof for HBO’s commitment to excellence and quality. If you went to the movie theater and spent $10, you would not find a better film than Temple Grandin. It’s that good.
It is currently available on DVD but may be difficult to find. It’s one of those films I’m sure you’ve heard little or nothing about. But, trust me. This one is worth your time and your money.