Romance is often fraught with peril, anxiety and miscommunication. Now, just imagine falling hard for someone who finds love itself to be a concept almost impossible to grasp. In the poignant new film Adam (in theaters 7/29), one woman finds herself both beguiled and alienated by her mysterious neighbor, who she eventually discovers has Asperger’s syndrome.
Hugh Dancy plays the handsome and brilliant (if socially off) Adam, who has led a sheltered existence before meeting Beth (Rose Byrne). Beth is attracted to Adam’s honesty and innocence—particularly in light of her complicated past (a cheating ex-boyfriend) and present (Peter Gallagher plays her less-than-perfect father)—if put off by the challenges of being in a relationship with someone with Asperger’s. Written and directed by Max Mayer, the film is funny (“I’m not Forrest Gump,” Adam tells Beth when she brings him chocolate) but bittersweet, too, as the two fumble toward truly understanding each another.
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