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September 3, 2010


Temple Grandin is a 2010 biopic directed by Mick Jackson and starring Claire Danes as Temple Grandin, a woman with autism who revolutionized practices for the humane handling of livestock on cattle ranches and slaughterhouses.

The film debuted on HBO on February 6, 2010 and received overwhelmingly positive reviews. Temple Grandin was nominated for fifteen Emmy Awards and won seven, including the Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.

Temple Grandin (born August 29, 1947) in real life is a Doctor of Animal Science and professor 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. (wikipedia)

Inspiration Note

Being autistic but still being able to fight for her dreams is unbelievable. With the push of her mother, Temple can overcome her unordinary condition and turn it into gold. Although it is exhausting seeing her constantly thinking and moving, but she faced her fears and rejection, and went through it. She believes in herself when people doubt her.

It seems Temple can more relate to animals (horse and cows) in terms of their behaviour and feelings, than with human. I think it because she can express her affection in primitive way. It breaks my heart to see her actually needing her mother affectionate touch, but push her away if she wants to hug her. Instead she creates her own 'hugging' machine, she made from seeing cows.

Claire Danes can portrait an inspiring autistic woman. Although Temple is boyish, so there's no version of her being graceful. I can't see Claire Danes at all, she swims deep in this role. I like her relationship with her blind friend, they're so complete with each other.

Seeing this movie made me think, if an autistic person can pursue dreams so high, then so can we. Sometimes we got messed up with fears, worries and just give up. With Temple's way of thinking, there's no room for worries. So should we, shouldn't it?

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Anonymous said...

This film sounds interesting, thanks for tip. Won an Emmy I see.

Have you seen "Adam"? The movie is about aspergers. Another good film is "Mozart and the whale". Both more suitable for girls than boys maybe.
"Being there", "Henry Pool is here", "Lars and the real girl" are probably also about autism, which you could see.

Maybe you want to review some of them also?? :)

Three Lilly said...


yes this movie have its way to inspire you.

I did saw 'Adam' just a bit but I didn't finish. Everyone keep telling it's good though.

Thank you for your recommendation, definitely noted :) come by again