This past weekend I got the chance to see the movie "Adam." I don't know why it wasn't nationally released. It is a wonderful movie that I think more people should watch. It is not the typical romantic comedy. It also sheds light on the disorder known as Asperger's Syndrome. In the movie Adam, new actorplays the lead character with humor and drama. The story centers around Adam living with Asperger's in "normal" society. Beth (played by actress ) moves in next door to Adam's and falls in love with him. Hugh impressed me with his dramatic skills so much I would not be surprised if he is nominated for a academy award this year.
The Boston Globe wrote an article about a screening of "Adam" in Boston, MA. Dania Jekel from the Asperger's Association of New England said that "Awareness is one of our missions and there's nothing like a movie that does well for awareness." The director of the movie Max Mayer says that his intent was to write a simple love story. Max states that he "wanted to represent (Asperger's) well and he wanted it to be accurate." Hugh Dancy spent time with author John Elder Robinson who wrote the book "Look Me In The Eye" about his experience with Asperger's. The two lead actors were approached after the movie by an attractive man that admitted that he has the disorder and how hard it is in love and in relationships. The man explained how he doesn't even know when a woman is flirting with him. Then, Hugh joked saying the attractive and charming man is the real life Adam.
As a result of seeing this movie I started doing research about Asperger's. I found out that it is a an autism spectrum disorder and people with this disorder have problems in social interaction. The disorder differs between each person but most can't understand innuendoes, sarcasm, and any nonverbal communication. They have impaired nonverbal behaviors in areas such as eye contact, facial expression, posture, and gesture. The lack of demonstrating empathy is another characteristic. I also read how hard it is for people with the disorder in dating and relationships because of their social skills. I think this movie "Adam" has a great love story and a lot of lessons to learn about society, people, and Asperger's.