Closing Night Gala / International premiere

Adam

  • Max Mayer /
  • USA /
  • 2009 /
  • 100 mins

Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving, Frankie Faison

A love affair with a little difference.

Written and directed by noted New York theatre director and playwright Max Mayer, our Closing Night film puts a thought provoking new spin on the conventional romcom set-up. Outgoing, attractive writer Beth (Rose Byrne) is very keen to know her new neighbours – particularly handsome Adam (Hugh Dancy). But as she attempts to forge a connection, Adam's behaviour begins to puzzle her - why doesn’t he respond to hints or signals, the crucial currency of flirtation? Mayer's delicate script allows the fact of Adam's Asperger's Syndrome to evolve not as a tragic blight on the developing romance, but as a challenge to all Beth's assumptions about what it means to be normal, and what language and gesture can indicate to different individuals. (Adam reads everything literally, as Beth realises when she tries to explain that her ex lover "was seeing other women while we were together..."). Tender but never sentimental, and blessed with an irreverent and subtle sense of humour, Adam also provides its two up-and-coming stars with nuanced and intelligent character roles that bring out their very best work.

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