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A Brilliant Young Mind (2014)

X+Y (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 11 September 2015 (USA)
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A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

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Martin Humphreys
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Zhang Mei
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In a world difficult to comprehend, Nathan struggles to connect with those around him - most of all his loving mother - but finds comfort in numbers. When Nathan is taken under the wing of unconventional and anarchic teacher, Mr. Humphreys, the pair forge an unusual friendship and Nathan's talents win him a place on the UK team at the International Mathematics Olympiad. From suburban England to bustling Taipei and back again, Nathan builds complex relationships as he is confronted by the irrational nature of love. Written by Anonymous

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N: Rated PG-13 for some strong language, a sexual reference, drug material and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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$31,408 (USA) (11 September 2015)

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$139,511 (USA) (2 October 2015)
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This is a project selected at 2013 Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum in Hong Kong. See more »

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The IMO has never been held in Cambridge, England as the film suggests. See more »

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Richard: Its all about adaptability, Nathan. Sometimes you have to change your shape... to fit in.
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References Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) See more »

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The Awkardness of Life
26 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I pre-ordered "X+Y" from the UK, not realizing it was being released in the US (under a different name). This ended up being one of my favorite movies of this year, but I feel like many people will not give it a chance for several reasons, but mainly the subject matter.

"It" is a delicate petal to step around to a lot of people. Nathan is not the epitome of all people on the spectrum, he is unique and also based on a real person (albeit loosely). You don't have to have any kind of "diagnosed condition" to understand the hardships portrayed in the film. His is not the only struggle, just the most emphasized.

I must say that I was impressed with Asa Butterfield's portrayal of Nathan. Not many actors can convey emotions or thoughts without actually saying much of anything. When you feel empathy for a character, you know the actor is doing far more than just saying their memorized lines. That being said, everyone did a pretty good job bringing their characters to life.


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