Temple Grandin (Claire Danes) was diagnosed with autism at age 4, and her mother, played by Julia Ormond, was told she should institutionalize her "unteachable" daughter. Instead, she fought for her to have every chance to live whatever life she chose. Despite the cruelty of her peers at her odd behavior, and the resistance of adults who believed she could not succeed, Grandin attends school, then college, and gets a PhD — and discovers that her own experiences give her a unique insight into the daily lives of animals. Eventually, she turns that insight into the driving force behind a powerful movement for compassionate treatment of stock in slaughterhouses, and animal welfare in general.
Danes drives this multi-award-winning biopic with a stunning depiction of Grandin's mind and behaviors that allow viewers to perceive the world through her eyes. It is a powerful reminder that a mind can be different without being lesser, and that, with love and support, people can rise above prejudice and change the world.
"Danes, who is in nearly every scene of director Mick Jackson's film, is remarkable, embodying Grandin's various idiosyncrasies (such as talking, too loud, too fast, and too much) without resorting to caricature. Jackson does a marvelous job of depicting not only her actual accomplishments... but also her more abstract talents, especially the extraordinary visual acuity that enables her to remember virtually everything she's ever seen. This is mostly Danes's film, but the whole cast is top-notch, especially Ormond, Catherine O'Hara as Temple's aunt, and David Strathairn as one of the few teachers who saw Grandin's potential. Captivating, compelling, and thoroughly entertaining, Temple Grandin is highly recommended." — Sam Graham, Amazon.com Reviews
|Recommended Age||10 and up|
|Actors||Claire Danes, Julia Ormond, David Strathairn, Catherine O'Hara|
|Running Time||109 minutes|
|Studio||HBO Home Video|
|Release Date||Aug 17, 2010|