night? Claire Danes stars in the true story of Grandin, an autistic
woman who became a leading scientist in humane livestock handling.
I was a little leery, since Danes is an okay actor, in my opinion, but
not brilliant. But, I'll have to admit, I was totally blown away by her
radiant performance of Temple Grandin. She charmingly captures
Grandin's sense of humor, as well as powerfully portraying her
frustrations and fears. I won't be surprised at all if she wins an
Emmy for her performance, because she deserves it.
with, or caring about autistic children. It gives its viewers an inside
look at what it means to live in a world of autism, with a mind that's
"different, but not less". Grandin describes blisteringly vivid images
that pop into her head faster than a Google search, that she describes
in her book as “full-color movies, complete with sound, which run
like a VCR tape in my head”, expertly portrayed in the movie, with
cut away scenes of what Grandin actually sees in her head. It's very
well done; powerful and touching. It gets two woolly socks up from me.
Temple Grandin is currently a Doctor of Animal Science at Colorado
State University, bestselling author, and consultant to the livestock
industry in animal behavior. As a person with high-functioning
autism, Grandin is also widely noted for her work in autism advocacy
and is the inventor of the Hug machine designed to calm
hypersensitive persons. Her mind is certainly anything but less.
Check HBO's schedule [HERE] for Temple Grandin on demand.