Jan 22, 2011

Saturday Night at the Movies

Temple Grandin

I watched the Oscars get presented last year.  I saw the big, emotional deal everyone made about Ms. Grandin and how she overcame autism and a movie had been made about her life and the wonderful performances of the actresses, etc.  I didn't think it was my cup of tea.  

Then we visited one of our local favorite used bookstores (Stevens Books) and while talking with one of the employees, we promised to get the movie and watch it.  We got it.  It sat on the shelf for months.  Finally we had watched everthing else there was to watch and had run out of options.  So we watched it.  Shame on us for having waited so long.

This movie is not about an autistic girl who fought her way to some form of normal functioning in our world, it is about what would be an amazing accomplishment for anyone, even if they had everything handed to them on a silver platter.  Temple Grandin owes a lot to the stubborn persistence of her mother and a lot to her own ability to concentrate on whatever she chooses to give her focus.  

I'll not give away the ending here.  You need to watch Temple Grandin for yourself.  You'll discover not only performances that obviously deserved the awards they received, but you'll find a story and a person you will be glad to get to know.