These are the movie posters for the film Adam starring Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne, and written and directed by Max Mayer.
Winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Award as last year's Sundance Film Festival, Adam is a charming romantic comedy/drama about Adam, a man with Aspergers Syndrome who has lived a life sheltered from much of the outside world. Everything changes, however, when he meets Beth and the two embark on a romantic relationship, one in which they face both the joys and the difficulties that come with a relationship involving an Aspie partner.
The film paints a very realistic portrayal of a character with Aspergers Syndrome, one that I could particularly relate to (well, not the actual relationship part - I want a relationship more than anything but have never been on a date) and fully empathise with (empathy is perhaps not really the right world - being an Aspie empathy is something I am not fully capable of - but something to that effect anyway).
Both funny and moving, this is a film that is ultimately uplifting, even with an ending which some may consider to be a bit downbeat, and definitely ranks among the best movies of 2009.
Adam was released in cinemas last August, annoyingly on a very limited release but fortunately it is released on DVD on Monday 15th February, so be sure to buy it - it is a truly lovely film and you won't be disappointed.
Robert Mann BA (Hons)