A.J. Mahari’s Review of the Movie
“Mozart and The Whale” is a dramatic-comedy inspired by the lives of two people with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). It chronicals their budding romance and the nature of the challenges presented by Asperger’s. Donald is a good-natured but hapless taxi driver with a love of birds and a superhuman knack for numbers. Like many people with AS, he likes patterns and routines. But when the beautiful and complicated Isabel joins the autism support group he leads, his life – and his heart – are turned upside down. In his journey, Asperger’s, while very much a part of that journey, takes a back seat only to the human desire for love and to be loved and for connection despite all odds.
Donald runs a support group for people with Asperger’s and in the group they can all be themselves.
Donald, not long into the movie, while talking to the guys in the group in the park said that as a young boy it was obvious he wasn’t the child his parents had hoped for and that he wasn’t “normal”. He adds that “you can’t control people or even predict them” pointing out that things are different with numbers and that as he always says with numbers, “you can count on them.”
Donald then says, “People with Asperger’s want contact with other people very much, we are just pathetically clueless about it all.”