The Odd Way Home: A Film That Gives An Intimate Look at Autism

the odd way home film about autism

There are a handful of films that provide audiences a look into the faces of autism spectrum disorder. The 2013 film The Odd Way Home is a compelling and visually stunning piece worth checking out.

The film’s director Rajeev Nirmalakhandan was originally unsure about the idea of making the picture, since he had no personal connection to a person with autism in his own life. After a closer look, he became inspired by the subject matter. Since he knew so little about ASD, which continues to mystify many people, he was interested to delve into the lives of those effected by it and express some of the complexities through the film’s character Duncan, played by Chris Marquette.

The story follows a young woman named Maya, who is escaping an abusive situation at home. She meets Duncan when she attempts to steal his truck, which she later discovers is also his home.

The 87 minute film which takes place in the desert has been lauded by critics as being visually stunning, although the character portrayals are really the heart of the movie. As Maya and Duncan become closer, they learn to depend on each other to strengthen their own vulnerabilities. Dave Vescio, another actor in the film, praised the independent production for its ability to be convey emotional honesty.

The Odd Way Home was supported by a number of sponsors within the autism advocacy movement. One of these supporters is Dr. Stephen Shore, a university professor with Asperger’s Syndrome who is a leading member of ICare4Autism’s advisory board and does a series of public speaking engagements.

Other sponsors include infamous autistic author and professor Temple Grandin, and Karen Simmons, CEO and founder of Autism Today.

In order to convey ASD accurately to the film’s audience, Nirmalakhandan visited Baylor College of Medicine to study the autistic patients there. Part of his mission in producing the film was so give a voice to those of who live their lives with autism. He was inspired by the children he met at Baylor, and he hopes that the film demystifies some of the aspects of autism that define these special people.

Written by Hannah Jay

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