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August 4, 2009

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Drifting Away, Like Doctor Manhattan

I’ve been spending a lot of time reading about autism lately, so this NYT piece on a slate of forthcoming movies featuring characters with autism or Asperger’s syndrome caught my attention.

But isn’t the great book/movie about autism really Watchmen? One character after another — savants, to be sure — driven by their obsessions, unable to make lasting emotional connections with other people, despite their best efforts to connect and identify with humanity?

From the NYT:

“The more I learned about Asperger’s,” said Max Mayer, the writer and director of the romance, “Adam,” which opened last week, “the better metaphor it felt like for the condition of all of us in terms of a desire for connection to other people.”

People with Asperger’s may have superior intelligence and verbal skills, and they often have an obsessive interest in a particular topic (astronomy, in the case of the title character in “Adam,” played by Hugh Dancy). But they tend to be self-defeatingly awkward in social situations, and romantic relationships can leave them at sea.

Posted August 4, 2009 at 12:21 | Comments (3) | Permasnark
File under: Braiiins, Briefly Noted, Comics, Movies


I recommend the film Mozart and the Whale. I don't know how I found it because I don't think I would have ever picked a Josh Harnett film. But, he is amazing in the role of a young man with Aspberger's syndrome. The description for the film as a love story is simplistic. I found it insightful, richly complicated and, at times, so painful that I cannot bring myself to watch it again.

Posted by: Betty Ann on August 4, 2009 at 02:34 PM

The link is broken.

Fixed! Thanks, Jay!

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