This movie definitely made it to the top of my list, such an amazing story about a young boy with Asperger’s who a very talented mathematician. At the age of nine, he tragically looses his father when the two of them are in a car accident. Nathan, played beautifully by Asa Butterfield, feels very alone, as his father was the one person he was really able to connect with. He begins to find his own place in the world when he meets his new tutor Martin, a very like-able character who suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS). He is played really well by the talented actor Rafe Spall. This lovely friendship leads Nathan to the wonderful world of the International Mathematics Olympiads (IMO’s) where he meets like-minded peers and builds a friendship with teammate Zhang Mei, played by Jo Yang. Using his major math skills to build these relationships, Nathan learns to navigate his emotions and connect with his mother Julie. The loving, devoted mother is portrayed so well by Sally Hawkins, who I am personally a huge fan of. My absolute favorite scene of this movie is close to the end, Nathan having a heart to heart with his mother. I won’t give anything away, but wow, this scene actually made me cry.
Personally knowing people who are on the Autism spectrum makes this movie extra special to me. Watching Nathan’s life unfold and see how far he goes and how he paves his own path is so touching. This movie teaches us that you don’t need to be like everyone else to be happy… heck, the more unique you are, the more beautiful your life can be.