Monday, June 28, 2010
We just watched Temple Grandin, directed by Mick Jackson for HBO, and we all really liked it. Claire Danes, who plays the title character, is fantastic. Temple Grandin is an autistic woman who has become a major expert in humane livestock handling because, she says, of her ability to see things from a cow's point of view. She is an accomplished woman but very strange, and Danes brings out her strangeness -- her extreme social anxiety, her odd emotional responses, the flatness of her speech -- as well as the other obstacles she faced, like convincing grizzled cattlemen to take seriously her ideas about how they should change their methods. Highly recommended.