Temple Grandin (♦♦♦♦)
I always enjoy Claire Danes performances; they’re something like guilty pleasure, but I would say that this is one of the most vibrant performances that I have seen from her, unexpected too, because she is typically the sweet, innocent girl, who meets a certain fate, not in this movie! Danes is inspiring as Temple Grandin, and from what I saw during the Emmy ceremony to which the real Temple Grandin was invited, she was spot on since she looked exactly as the title character does in real life. Julia Ormond, as her mother, also delivered a moving performance.
I also liked the way the movie covered the topic of autism; it obviously presented Temple’s perspective since the movie was about her, but it also shines a light on the frustration of family members for not being able to connect with the person suffering from that illness and the pain that the person feels for being misunderstood.