The Old Lady LOVES odd movies and not on a TV screen either kiddies, she craves the full cinematic big screen experience with the smell of popcorn in the lobby (none for me, thanks, Mr. Natural said so) and slightly musty smelling seats in the theatre.
Hands down, the best movie she’s seen lately is LIFE, ANIMATED.It’s a documentary about a child who is autistic, produced by the boy’s father. Three-year-old Owen Suskind “disappears” into his own closed world and fixates on Disney animated movie DVDs. Some years later the father discovers that he can communicate with his child via Disney movies, the characters, and the dialog.
It is a testament to the power of myth and story, shown through the eyes of a father and an autistic child for whom these modern myths and stories provide a way to make sense of a world that is incomprehensible to the boy through “normal” channels.
During the film Owen grows up, graduating from school and moving into his own apartment and getting his own job. He will always be “different” but he makes his difference to be his own signature and voice, and the thing that he knows better than anyone else.
An inspiring film, a testament to parents who refuse to give up on their “different” child… and also a well-done depiction of what it’s like to be truly, really “different” and how that difference can enrich the world in ways never before imagined.