Directed by: Morgan Matthews
Staring: Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan and Rafe Spall
A young maths genius has his logic thwarted by the one thing he can’t make sense of – love. Teenage maths prodigy Nathan (Butterfield) struggles to deal with people, not least his mother, Julie (Hawkins) and has been traumatised by the death of his father. However he finds comfort in numbers. Nathan’s talents win him a place representing GB at the International Mathematics Olympiad. When the team go to train in Taiwan, headed up by dictatorial squad leader Richard (Marsan), Nathan is faced with unexpected challenges – not least his new and unfamiliar feelings for his Chinese counterpart, the beautiful Zhang Mei.
This is a heart-warming and life affirming film which neatly sidesteps the clichés of other films on autism.