X + Y, Glasgow Film Festival 2015 review Pat Byrne
Now showing GFT
I 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.
This section: Cinema, Glasgow Film Festival 2015
- Monos ay GFT
- The King, GFT
- Non-Fiction, GFT
- SQIFF 2019 Black History Month: Calalai: In Betweenness + shorts
- Chinese Visual Festival CCA
- Mòd 2019 National Theatre of Scotland – Rocket Post screening + family drama workshop
- Mòd 2019 Gaelic Film Screenings: A taste of BBC Alba – Na Millenni-Gaels CCA
- French Film Festival GFT 2019
- The Irishman GFT
- Lost Lives plus Q & A
- Malcolm X 35 mm GFT
- Halloween at GFT 2019
- Preview: Pink Wall with Q & A
- Africa in Motion Film Festival 2019 Glasgow
- Hitsville The Making of Motown Black History Month Glasgow
- Branagh Theatre Live – A Winter’s Tale GFT
- Cinemasters at GFT: Quentin Tarantino
- Scotland Loves Anime 10 Anniversary at GFT
- American Woman GFT
- Judy GFT