I went to opening night at the Angelika film center in New York City for the movie “Adam” which was directed by Max Mayer. The character Adam in the picture was played by the actor Hugh Dancy. As I watched the movie there were parts that brought me to tears and other times made me laugh. The tears I shed were scenes in the movie that were painful reminders of the everyday problems I face in my life. The laughter came from the times I knew the behaviors, Adam, was displacing were similar to my own. It made me realize how very inappropriate I must look to other people. Yet, the laughter made me cry. It made me become aware of my odd behaviors I have because of my having Asperger Syndrome. The movie showed Adam experiencing his life a different way from the typical.
When Adam meets his first love Beth (Rose Byrne), his sensory issues and lack of romantic skills showed instantly with his Asperger Syndrome. Throughout the movie, Adam learned step by step how to be with a woman, handle his sensory issues, and improve his communication. Adam also learned a lot from his father’s friend Harlan (Frankie Faison) who gave Adam a realistic sense of every day life skills.
Asperger Syndrome is a hard thing for any body to have and the movie “Adam” showed this very well. It also made me realize about relationships especially on the romantic level. Some people with Asperger Syndrome are very bad at romantic relationships. Adam was very bad with romance and communication and needed to learn about all types of relationships. The character’s interest with space consumed him with every conversation he had in the movie. The impression I got was the special interest should not constitute the whole conversation. The movie also stressed how Neurotypicals and Aspie/Auties can learn from each other. It should make every one aware about the interactions they have with people and the impressions they make on any body they meet.
I was always told first impressions count and to maintain a good impression. Adam impressed his first love and as time passed, Adam had a hard time maintaining the impression he first gave. It gave me the impression we must realize the subtle things required in a romantic relationship and especially in maintaining a general friendship. Adam found himself by seeking happiness at the end of the movie even after a lot of devastation in his life. His previous learning experiences during the movie proved himself to move forward with his new knowledge. Aspies/Auties learn at slower paces, but eventually succeed. The touching lesson is when it is time to move on, we have to just live our life to the fullest.
The film shows none of the special effects most of the other films do. Instead it relied on the actors performing at their very best. It also had great cinematography presenting each scene with emotion. The music for the film was very moving and served to help tell the story very well. It gave a good feeling about how far a film can reach without special effects and teaches every one about life. This is the way a film used to be.
At the end of the movie, Max Mayer and Hugh Dancy were there to answer any questions. The movie brings great power storytelling by Max Mayer and I really admire his creative techniques. The cast especially Hugh Dancy really impressed me with their classic movie. If any body knows some one with Asperger Syndrome/Autism you should see this movie to learn more about how to teach us and learn from us as well. I hope many people go and see this film because it deserves all the rewards it can get.
(By the way, my own fantasy fiction character I am writing about on this website called Light Year Man will be in action once again. I am writing about it still. It is Science Fiction. One phrase; Move forward)
Posting again soon enough the bits of the story I am writing about and many more.