A movie about math sounds about as much fun as doing math, but don’t walk away from “X+Y” too quickly. An unexpected crowdpleaser at TIFF in September, the film is one we called “impossibly charming” in our review, and “a teary-eyed emotional rollercoaster full of life’s stirring profundities.” Really. So you might want to get out your calculator and punch the numbers on this one.
Starring Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall, the fictional feature debut by Morgan Matthews follows a borderline autistic young man who finds a new way to relate to the world through equations. And when an attentive math teacher starts taking notice, the young man’s world is opened up to new possibilities, romance, and a trip to Taipei for the International Mathematics Olympiad. Again, this is nestled its way into our dark, cynical hearts, so it may work for you too.
Check out the new U.K. trailer for the film below. “X+Y” opens overseas on March 13, 2015. No U.S. date yet. [The Telegraph]