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A Brilliant Young Mind (2014)

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PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 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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Morgan Matthews

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James Graham
4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Asa Butterfield ... Nathan Ellis
Rafe Spall ... Martin Humphreys
Sally Hawkins ... Julie Ellis
Eddie Marsan ... Richard
Jo Yang ... Zhang Mei
Martin McCann ... Michael Ellis
Jake Davies Jake Davies ... Luke Shelton
Alex Lawther ... Isaac Cooper
Alexa Davies ... Rebecca Dunn
Orion Lee ... Deng Laoshi
Edward Baker-Close Edward Baker-Close ... Nathan Ellis (9 yrs)
Percelle Ascott ... Ben Morgan
Suraj Rattu Suraj Rattu ... Pav Kamdar
Jamie Ballard Jamie Ballard ... Headmaster
Clare Burt Clare Burt ... Doctor
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Storyline

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,408, 13 September 2015

Gross USA:

$171,793

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,043,620
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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One of the filming locations was King Edward VII Upper School in Sheffield. See more »

Goofs

Luke disparages the decimal system on the grounds that it's only used because humans have ten digits on their hands. However, he then cites arbitrary reasons for base twelve such as 12 hours a night, 12 hours a day, 12 months for the Earth to orbit the sun - for not only are these also human constructs, the month is a crude approximation of the cycle of lunar phases which actually repeats 12.37 times per year. See more »

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Isaac Cooper: Its all about adaptability, Nathan. Sometimes you have to change your shape... to fit in.
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Butterfield has one heck of a career ahead of him
23 August 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

In my reviews I have observed on more than one occasion that the Brits don't know how to make a bad film. Their challenge is usually in making a great film.

This is a case in point. Technically perfect, with a script so polished it gleams, and acting so sharp that even the secondary roles stay in your head long after the credits roll.

Butterfield's character is a young boy with Autism who, as a result, may or may not be a world class math prodigy. The point of the story however is not whether his character will win a math Olympics but rather if he will ever become a functioning human being.

Butterfield, in a cast of greats, stands out. Has a great career ahead of him, he has mastered the art of delivering dialog with his eyes.

The wonderful Sally Hawkins (Poppy in the unforgettable Happy Go Lucky) does a great job in a difficult role as the mother. Since Butterfield's character as written is constantly ignoring his mother, there is a tendency for the audience to do so as well. Hawkins does not allow this.

It is an excellent film, more a journey than a destination, and therefore not for everyone.

My favourite scene -- the one I will remember for a very long time -- is Butterfield with his (almost) Chinese girlfriend, eating some take-out.

The container is opened and the number of comestibles inside is NOT a prime number. The audience (by that point) has been trained to know this will be a cause of great discomfort for the boy, who likes his meals pre-sorted in prime numbers.

The girl notices his discomfort and he quickly explains the problem to her. With no hesitation she grabs one of the items and wolfs it down happily.

Problem solved! It is a microcosm for the film - start with an impossible boy, add a naturally joyful and spontaneous young woman, and the result is ... serendipity.


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