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Movie Review: Temple Grandin


I finally convinced Stefan to watch this movie with me this weekend...I'd wanted to see it ever since I saw that Claire Danes was a part of it, though I didn't know what it was about. The subject is the story of Temple Grandin, a famous woman known for designing humane & efficient cattle slaughter-houses. Sounds strange? Perhaps, but this woman is autistic, and it's her true story of how she was able to 'see in pictures, and connect them' to create something for her beloved animals; specifically cattle.
The story is so touching, and family friendly, though a child under 13 may not understand a lot of the subject matter.
Autism is becoming diagnosed more and more in children and is the subject of much research. There are many theories of "where" autism comes from, and it takes many, many forms.
Children with autism and other special needs are unique and need to be taught in a manner that is engaging to them, and this story is a small piece of Temple's success story. Her mentor, Mr. Carlock, along with her mother, believed in her to create a world where she could figure things out, and help animals in humane ways.
Truly a redeeming story that everyone has a purpose, Temple Grandin was a fantastic movie. Acting, subject matter, creation of the film ("getting inside her head"); everything was well done cinematically. I give this story high praise at 5 stars. The movie has also won 7 Emmys! Please make time to see this very special movie.


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