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Mozart and the Whale (2005)

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A love story between two savants with Asperger's syndrome, a kind of autism, whose conditions sabotage their budding relationship.



(as Ron Bass)



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A dramatic-comedy, inspired by the lives of two people with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism, whose emotional dysfunctions threaten to sabotage their budding romance. Donald is a good-natured but hapless taxi driver with a love of birds and a superhuman knack for numbers. Like many people with AS, he likes patterns and routines. But when the beautiful but complicated Isabel joins the autism support group he leads, his life - and his heart - are turned upside down. Written by Anonymous

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They don't fit in. Except together.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and some thematic material | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

2 February 2006 (Turkey)  »

Also Known As:

Crazy in Love  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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The project was originally planned for Steven Spielberg, but due to his workload it eventually landed in the hands of critically acclaimed Norwegian director Petter Næss. This became his first US production. See more »


After Isabelle's suicide attempt, she'd be held involuntarily in a psychiatric ward for at least 72 hours, not sent home. See more »


Isabelle Sorenson: Don't - don't condescend to these women, they're no crazier that I am.
Gracie: Yes we are!
Isabelle Sorenson: I'm weird, but I'm not strange.
Donald Morton: You're right, this isn't a matter of confusion, it's a matter of... discord.
[Inappropriate change of subject:]
Donald Morton: That's a nice sweater!
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References The Third Man (1949) See more »


Written by Michael Clarke
Performed by Clarkesville
Published by Copyright Control (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Wildstar Records
By Arrangement with Zync Music
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Entertaining first, thought provoking second.
27 December 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

A simple story of two people trying to find companionship, happiness and love in a confusing world. The fact that these two inspiring and very real characters have Asperger's Syndrome is not really important, but the fact like so many of us they struggle to connect with a soul mate and maintain a relationship, is. From what Aspies tell me, the performances of both leads, Hartnett and Mitchell, are spot on... a real credit to both actors and it's obvious they researched their roles thoroughly. Both entertaining and thought provoking, it's a romance without being gushing, but one where you genuinely care for the people involved.

Watch this film if you have or know someone with autism or if you just happen to have tried and failed to find love and happiness in this weird world we live in.

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