My first time watching a movie at Golden Mile. It was a bit of a walk from Lavender, and we emerged from the theatre on a cold, wet and unfamiliar Sunday afternoon, my stomach empty and grumbling, but it felt worth it. Especially since all profits were going to the Autism Association!
The film portrays the lives of a couple with an autistic son, Danial. Some parts felt like an educational documentary, but I could see why it would be important to use such a powerful platform to reach out to the masses. And all things considered, I thought it was a very realistic portrayal of the struggles a family unit goes through when they live with a person with special needs, and how acceptance and support from different blocks of society can really make a difference in meaning and quality of life.
Just before the film started, the audience was asked to observe a few moments of silence for the female lead, as her own child had just passed away that morning.
It made me think: Aren’t the hearts of parents universally the same? They just want their children to grow up happy.