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A Brilliant Young Mind (2014)

X+Y (original title)
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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... Nathan Ellis
... Martin Humphreys
... Julie Ellis
... Richard
... Zhang Mei
... Michael Ellis
Jake Davies ... Luke Shelton
... Isaac Cooper
... Rebecca Dunn
... Deng Laoshi
Edward Baker-Close ... Nathan Ellis (9 yrs)
Percelle Ascott ... Ben Morgan
Suraj Rattu ... Pav Kamdar
Jamie Ballard ... Headmaster
Clare Burt ... Doctor
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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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$31,408, 13 September 2015, Limited Release

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$139,511, 4 October 2015
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One of the filming locations was King Edward VII Upper School in Sheffield. See more »

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The announcer at the IMO says "Welcome to the 59th IMO". This will in fact take place in 2018. See more »

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Julie: When somebody says they love you it means they see something in you they think is worth something... It adds value to you.
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References Beautiful Young Minds (2007) See more »

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Elevator Song
Written and performed by Keaton Henson
Published by Copyright Control
Licensed courtesy of Keaton Henson
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The Awkardness of Life
26 July 2015 | by 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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