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
Written and performed by Keaton Henson
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Perhaps too gooey for its own good, there's earnesty behind and in front of the camera.
Since The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time seems to be staying on the stage rather than hitting the screen, I've been curious as to when UK cinema would dig into the perspective of a kid on the autism spectrum with the same affection. Disregard the dark aspects of Haddon's novel, and X+Y has a wonderful element of bringing someone who's inherently felt like an outsider into a world where they aren't alone with math competitions. It's nice and affectionate, though dips into gooey realms of sentimentality. But despite a few insincere or extraneous moments, it gets away with it due to director Morgan Matthew's earnestness. It's definitely easy to enjoy splendid moments where the photography has a chance to show off. It does tend to romantize far too much, particularly about China and England, but it's fairly balanced though it does have a rushed pace. I'd like to say Asa Butterfield is the highlight, but Rafe Spall steals the show in a gruff sharp performance that channels his dad in a way that makes me look forward to what he's going to do next. It's great to see a little Happy-Go-Lucky reunion with reliable support from Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marson. X+Y may rely on certain clichés, but it has a confident vision when it could've been bland.
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