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A Brilliant Young Mind

A Brilliant Young Mind
Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall

Rated: No rating 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: September 11, 2015 Released by: Samuel Goldwyn Films

A modestly-budgeted U.K. import has a sweet heartfelt quality that may have some discerning cinema-goers doing a little research or identifying with the relationships and disabilities. Even if the filmmaking and narrative has familiar and unassuming qualities to it.

A Brilliant Young Mind has director Morgan Matthews expanding on an earlier documentary of a gifted math teen on the autism spectrum. It centers on Nathan (Asa Butterfield of Hugo and The Boy In The Striped Pajamas using his visage and physicality often effectively). Here's the prodigy who'll go to Taiwan to compete against a wide range of youngsters from around the globe.

From his British home there is a noteworthy, morphing situation between the boy and his single mother Julie (the reliably winning Sally Hawkins of Paddington and Happy-Go-Lucky) that goes along way to enjoying what is a mundane, yet memorable portrait that really doesn't aim for the remarkable. A Brilliant Young Mind espouses its sensitivity in an honest if frumpy connection between Nathan and his afflicted-with-MS teacher Martin (Rafe Spall) who also participated in the same contest. Even Martin and Julie becoming romantically involved really doesn't seem out of place in what is insight and intelligent like the maturing Butterfield.

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