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X+Y (A Brilliant Young Mind) (2014)
Morgan Matthews (Director) / James Graham (Writer)

A cinematic dramatization based on the true story of an autistic boy who represents Britain at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

Thanks to Allan Goldberg for bringing it to my attention.

Contributed by CJ

As someone experiencing autism and also participates avidly in math contests, it hits close to home. The depiction of math camp is stunningly close to real life; perhaps sans the cutthroat competition, though those kind of people do exist. To be honest it was quite painful to watch because it was too relatable, but in a good way. The only thing off was the ending, which I felt was quite saccharine and cloying. Still a great movie.

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Mathematical Content:
2/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
4/5 (1 votes)

MotifProdigies, Autism, Math Education,

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