The autistic personality

CoverAutism has been flavour of the month in the film world for a few years. Movies like Rain Man and Snow Cake portrayed people with autism as holy innocents and savants. More recent movies have characters with more depth, and defining characteristics other than autism.

In My Name is Kahn for example, the lead character is just as important for his Muslim faith as for his autism. Adam is primarily about a romantic relationship. Movies  like The Horse Boy focus on families looking for ways to help their autistic children. As our viewing matures, so hopefully does our view of what it is like to be autistic.

Mercury Rising, I am Sam, and The Other Sister are some more recent film featuring autistic characters. There is also a movie based on the book Mozart and the Whale.

You can find out more about autism and Asperger Syndrome in the Source:

2 thoughts on “The autistic personality

  1. Lisa 19 July 2011 / 10:43 am

    All About Steve is another DVD the Library has that has an autistic/Asperger syndrome character…maybe – it can be subjective, diagnosing the medical conditions of book and movie characters! It has been called one of the worst movies ever, but I thought it was sweet.

  2. bronnypop 19 July 2011 / 3:36 pm

    Funny, isn’t it, how something will catch the eye of the ‘trend-setters’ and then all we get is certain characters and/or storylines. I read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time a few years ago (you know, before it was trendy), and although I do agree with many that it is an amazing book, and an excellent portrayal of someone with Aspergers’, I also have to diverge from the mainstream and say that I hated it. Not because it was terrible, because it wasn’t, but because it just felt too real. It made me feel sad, and tired, and quite depressed. Perhaps our response to books like this depends on our individual circumstances as well as on what is trendy, or even how well written something is?

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