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Der kalte Himmel (2011)
Johannes Fabrick (director) / Andrea Stoll (writer)

In this German film, a woman raising her children on a farm in 1967 tries to get help for her mathematically talented but anti-social son. Obtaining the services of a forward-thinking Berlin psychiatrist, she learns the true extent of her son's mathematical (and musical) abilities, but also that he has autism, a new and devastating diagnosis for a mother at that time.

I have not actually seen this 2011 made-for-TV movie whose title translates as "The Cold Sky". If you have and can add any additional details, especially any related to the mathematical aspects, please let me know. Thanks to Hauke Reddmann for suggesting that I add it to the database.

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According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  2. Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann
  3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  4. My Heart Belongs to Bertie by Helen DeWitt
  5. The Mathematician's Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer
  6. Nagel im Himmel by Patrick Hofmann
  7. Question 3 by Martin Sandahl (Director and Writer)
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  9. A Doubter's Almanac by Ethan Canin
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MotifProdigies, Anti-social Mathematicians, Autism,
MediumTelevision Series or Episode, Films,

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Exciting News: The 1,600th entry was recently added to this database of mathematical fiction! Also, for those of you interested in non-fictional math books let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.

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