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Starring Josh Hartnett and Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill, Pitch Black), Mozart and the Whale is a heartwarming, romantic drama inspired by the true story of two people with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism, whose emotional dysfunctions threaten to sabotage their budding romance. Donald (Hartnett) is a good-natured but hapless taxi driver with a love of birds and a superhuman knack for numbers. Like many AS sufferers, he likes patterns and routines. But when the beautiful but complicated Isabelle (Mitchell) joins the autism support group he leads, his life-- and his heart -- are turned upside down.
This quirky, low-key romantic drama delves into the lives of a group of misfits intent of fitting into a world that views them as strange, demented, and (at times) retarded. A fictionalized account of a real-life couple with Asperger's Syndrome--a disorder characterized by repetitive behavior patterns and impairments in social situations--Mozart & the Whale follows the lives of shy Donald (Josh Harnett) and outgoing Isabelle (Radha Mitchell). Donald is a mathematical genius who takes things literally. Isabelle is a stunning beauty whose inability to take minor suggestions causes her to run from one relationship after another. When the two begin dating, she is the aggressor, even cleaning his pig sty of an apartment. "You can't disappoint me," she tells Donald. "Because whatever you are is exactly what I want." The movie has some sweet moments, but doesn't spend enough time delving into the challenges of being part of an Asperger's couple. The problems that they have in their relationship (insecurity, commitment and communication problems) really aren't that different from that of your "normal" couple. Hartnett and Mitchell give convincing portrayals of a complicated pair, but the film's lukewarm storyline ultimately isn't as compelling as the stars' acting abilities. --Jae-Ha Kim
The movie was poor quality The sound was not in sink with the movie.Published 1 month ago by celticlass50
I have Asperger Syndrome myself so this movie, a truly autistic love story based on a true story, was very special for me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gerrit De Feyter
A great movie for understanding people with disabilities that we cannot identify with !Published 2 months ago by D. J. Pettry
A great movie for all to have a better understanding of people that suffer with aspergers syndrome. I have shown this dvd to many classes at the local high school and college. Read morePublished 4 months ago by roses86
Great movie....especially if you support someone on the spectrumPublished 4 months ago by Joan McInnes
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This is more like it! I am sick and tired of the prodigious savant stereotype as that form of autism affects under 10% of the autistic population.
Asperger's is an issue near and dear to my heart and I salute the people who a) wrote the story and b) were responsible for the creation of... Read More
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