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The Capsule (2010)
Miceal Og O\'Donnell (writer and director)

A former mathematician who has tape on his glasses, a sleeping bag on his back and talks just like Dustin Hoffman in Rain Main is ordered by his doctor to be more social (to get out of his "capsule"). So, he befriends a woman named Apple who sleeps behind his house and has remarkably good makeup for a homeless person. I do not think I could bear to watch any more of this short film than this brief YouTube excerpt. If you have seen the rest and could add any additional comments, I would be most grateful.

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Ratings for The Capsule:
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Mathematical Content:
2/5 (2 votes)
Literary Quality:
3.67/5 (3 votes)

MotifAnti-social Mathematicians, Insanity, Autism,

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May 2016: I am experimenting with a new feature which will print a picture of the cover and a link to the page for a work of mathematical fiction when it is available. I hope you find this useful and convenient. In any case, please write to let me know if it is because I would be happy to either get rid of it or improve it if that would be better for you. Thanks! -Alex

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