We felt we might as well continue along the autistic path and watch Mercury Rising while we were in the mood. It’s a fairly typical action movie starring Bruce Willis as an FBI agent. It stops being typical when the person he has to protect screeches all over the place, which makes it harder to escape the bad guys.
Simon is a nine-year-old autistic boy who accidentally comes across some national security information, and the FBI try to prevent him being murdered like his parents were. Would have been fine apart from the noise Simon makes when he is disturbed, and most of what happens is pretty disturbing.
The only thing which annoyed me was that the adults insisted on eye contact with Simon. I’ll put it down to the film being so old that maybe they knew no better. Daughter felt I must be charitable.
Over on Bookwitch there is a new page listing books on Autism and Asperger Syndrome. Following on from yesterday’s post here on OCD, we’ve got Autism, too. To celebrate that it was Alan Rickman’s birthday on Saturday, we watched Snow Cake. Daughter had been uncertain about the film until she looked it up, and then got very enthusiastic all of a sudden.
Sigourney Weaver did an exceptional job as Linda, the autistic mother, whose daughter is killed in Alan Rickman’s car. He calls to see her, and gets persuaded (forced) to stay and organise the funeral, so that he can take the rubbish out for her the day after. It’s a small community, with some good people and quite a few busybodies.
The woman with the sympathy cake provides some hilarity, which of course leads to the snow cake of the title. Linda eats snow, and is more obsessed with neatness and cleanliness than Monks with his OCD. But she learns, too, and can adapt a little to Alan Rickman’s presence, and even to her daughter’s funeral do.
A belated happy 63rd birthday, Alan!