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LFF 2014: X+Y (Morgan Matthews, 2014)

Director Morgan Matthews last feature was a telling and bizarre documentation of a group of middle age southerners in the US, intent on finding Bigfoot (Shooting Bigfoot, EIFF 2013). His trademark charm as a filmmaker translates into totally different fiction stunningly, with the touching depiction of both familial and personal encounters with mental struggles and gifts. Nathan loves nothing more than numbers. His single mother is left alone to raise him after the tragic death of his father when he was younger. He suffers  from mild autism and struggles to connect well with people. That is, until recently. Nathan’s immense talent leads him to Taipei, where he meets like minded mathematicians, and has no option but to stand up and speak. Upon its release next year, it is almost guaranteed that X+Y will be labeled ‘feel good’. It is a triumphant story, expected to be told in a similar vein to the likes of Slumdog Millionaire, but instead its charm lies in its subdued tenderness. Asa Butterfield, taking the lead, plays the role brilliantly. He’s …