Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Temple Grandin - Movie Review

The movie, "Temple Grandin" (2010) is a movie based on a true story about an autistic woman.  Before I saw this movie, I had very little knowledge of autism.  At a very young age, Temple was diagnosed with autism, and she didn't speak a word until she was four.  Her mother refused to institutionalize her, and her mother's love and dedication helped Temple soar above her challenges.  Temple spent some time on a family farm, and related really well to the horses and cows.  She ended up going to college, getting a master's degree in science, and was able to design humane systems in the beef industry.  Temple believed that she could relate to the cows, and she could understand them.  She could interpret their "moos", and observed their behaviours.  She said that we didn't have to be cruel to the animals that we raised for food. She believed that the least we can do is treat the cows with respect and provide them with a calm, peaceful environment.

Some of my favourite lines from this movie were, "A door opened, and I went through it", and "I am different, not less".  The most remarkable part of the movie for me was when she designed her own "squeeze machine".  It replaced the human touch and hugs that she needed so much, but couldn't accept. This squeeze machine calmed her when she was upset and helped her cope with life.

Temple Grandin is a very emotional story, one of hope, determination and dedication.  Today, Temple is a professor at Colorado State University and is doing great work in the field of animal sciences and autism advocacy.

To get more information on Temple Grandin, the movie, go to the Internet Movie Database at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1278469/

To get more information on Temple Grandin, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Grandin

Have a great day!

~ Angela Gentile

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