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  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JMKA72
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,128 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Release from the Netherlands - Audio : English - Subtitles : Dutch (optional)

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Mozart and the Whale is a simple premise: two people meet, fall in love, and go through the ups-and-downs of all relationships. If that sounds all too ordinary, then Donald and Isabelle, the two principal characters, are not ordinary people: they have Asperger's Syndrome, a form of Autism that, among other things, makes social interaction difficult. I also have Asperger's and I want to review the film on that basis. The film starts with Donald, who runs an Autism group for adults. They are an odd assortment but, as the film moves on, you sense that they really are a community of kind, caring individuals who genuinely support Donald through his troubles. One of the members of the group also provides the best line of the film: (said to Donald), `Stick with the group; next to us you're a God'. Indeed, Donald does seem very normal until, that is, Isabelle joins the group and they fall for each other. The film is based on an actual couple and what they went through trying to form a relationship is sad, funny, and immensely touching. For those without the condition, it may also be a little bizarre although, I can attest, this really is the world as we experience it. There are a lot of funny lines - Asperger's people can be very amusing - and you desperately want the characters to find a way of being together by the end of the film. I won't spoil that part for you though. For those without Asperger's, the film is a quirky, offbeat, romantic-comedy that is gentle and good fun. You won't feel like you are being preached at, you won't feel as if you are watching a documentary about mental illness, and you might well think that Asperger's people are no different to ordinary people - we just freak about different things.
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Asperger's syndrome is usually marked by those who have normal intelligence and language development, but who also exhibit autistic-like behavior and marked deficiencies in social and communication skills. In this quiet and understated little film, Josh Hartnet and Australian actress Rahda Mitchell play two young people afflicted.

Hartnet stars as Donald Morton, a cab-driver who maintains a support group for disorder-laden individuals. Although he is afflicted himself, Donald has a phenomenal talent for numbers whilst also seeming to lead a pretty ordinary life, although he gets fired from jobs on a regular basis and has trouble keeping his apartment clean and tidy, especially with his collection of birds that constantly run amok.

Donald is a bit of a kind-hearted and shy loner, who refuses to look people in the eye and or directly respond to questions. This causes a problem when he meets the gorgeous Isabelle (Mitchell) who joins the group. Whilst Donald is bashful and introverted, Isabelle is full of energy and life, she says what's on her mind and is impulsively creative - she loves to paint and is musical.

It doesn't take long for Donald and Isabelle to get together, with Isabelle making the first move. She invites him to a Halloween fancy dress party, where is dresses as Mozart and he as a whale. When he nervously brings her his cluttered apartment, Isabelle announces that "this is all about sex," but you can tell that there's obviously a bourgening emotional connection happening.

The rest of the story details their efforts to form some sort of meaningful attachment.
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There are two main points that stand out in this film:
1. Asperger's sufferers are generally aware of the fact.
2. Just because they act differently to 'the norm', they don't necessarily want to.

Without getting technical, like some other reviewers, this is a great movie, and a good starting-point for anyone who has an Asperger's sufferer in their life. Josh Hartnett plays his role particularly well, and watching and listening to his character really brings home the simple day-to-day difficulties encountered by sufferers and those who come into contact with them.

An understanding of what is happening within is sometimes all that is required...
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/This review contains no plot-spoilers/ Technically this is a flawlessly made film. The story is well-told, with convincing and consistent acting from all the cast. The dialogue is precise and well-crafted. The characters are varied, and while this usefully conveys that that 'all aspergers people are different', they also work well together in the ensemble scenes. Some reviewers have not initially been able to see the female lead as 'having aspergers' - I also had some initial doubts, but I was convinced after a second and third viewing. A worthy and moving film that is gripping on the first viewing, and which starts to shine ever-brighter as a little classic after several viewings.
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A very touching and intersting movie, I was not expecting it to be as good as it was. Get it you will enjoy it!!
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I love this film. The two lead characters are on the Autism Spectrum. There are obvious and subtle differences in their AS. This is important, as one well known author on Asperger's Syndrome, Tony Attwood says "if you meet one person with Asperger's, you have met one person with Asperger's". No two people 'with it' are the same. I particularly liked that in this film the character 'Isobel' holds quite intense eye contact, while the character 'Donald' finds eye contact very difficult, that does not define AS by any stretch of course, but it illustates how the characters have been allowed to represent variety. Some reviewers of this film here and elsewhere have expressed irritation at Isobel, finding her represenation perhaps eccentic more than autistic. Personally I am fine with seeming eccentic and AS, I have had lots of pets and I'm a painter :/ and more than a tad chaotic, most of the time. So it was easy for me to identify with Isobel, and I totally understand that thousands of others would not identify with Isobel's character, and that is the way AS is. To quote a Psychiatrist in the film 'Asperger's is a funny animal'. A lovely film.
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