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X + Y, Glasgow Film Festival 2015 review Pat Byrne

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X_Y__11_smallI went along this morning (Friday 13 April) to the GFT for the press screening of X + Y.  I'm not a huge fan of coming of age films and the subject matter didn't sound terribly appealing – Nathan is a teenager with autism, who is also a maths prodigy, pursuing a place on the British Team for the International Mathematics Olympiad.

It's a great movie

What a super surprise – I absolutely loved it.  The story was absorbing with many layers;  a complex film but nothing escapes you.  It includes flash backs to the boy's childhood, his tense relationship with his mum, Julie (Sally Hawkins), a troubled  Math's tutor. Mr Humphries (Rafe Spall), and a number of supporting characters, all well drawn – and acted.  It certainly pulls at the heartstrings but not in a maudlin way and manages to be sad, tense and uplifting.   It's also beautifully shot – I particularly enjoyed the street scenes in Taiwan.

It's a gem – bring a hankie.

The Director is Morgan Matthews.

 

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A Little Chaos, Friday 17–Thursday 30 April, 2015 GFT
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Publisher of Pat’s Guide to Glasgow West End; the community guide to the West End of Glasgow. Fiction and non-fiction writer.

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