I had blogged (it seems like a million years ago but it was only in June) about the Temple Grandin movie made for HBO and how my local library had finally gotten hold of it.
Yes, I did get it out, and yes, I loved it.
Why did I love it? Well, yes, the actress who played Temple Grandin did an excellent job of portraying her, I felt. In fact, the entire cast did a wonderful job. But more than that, it wasn't just a story about autism. It was a story about a woman pioneer in a male-dominated industry (cattle ranching and the design of equipment related to ranching and slaughtering) and what she had to overcome. For any woman it would have been daunting. For Ms. Grandin, it may have approached a miracle (and if I was Temple, I'd be seeing a picture of Jesus walking on water as soon as I read "miracle")
Too late, I realized there was a commentary feature (by Temple herself) available with the film. I was very pleased to find out that "Hollywood touches" were kept to a minimum, at least according to this review.
A British newspaper has a wonderful interview on Temple and the movie.
As for Bil's mother and Temple's mother (who is still alive and is similar in age to my mother in law?) That will make a good post for another day.