Motion Arts Pro - Around the Net | On View: Autism Through a Lens in "Perfectly Normal"

By: David Schonauer
Publish Date: March 20, 2017, 6:23 a.m.
Source: The New York Times

The short documentary Perfectly Normal focuses on a man with Asperger’s syndrome who has found an alternate way to be “normal” in the world. The film, by Joris Debeij, is on view now as part of The New York Times’s OpDoc series. Eli Gottlieb, the author of Best Boy, a novel dealing with autism, notes that the short features a “rare filmic experience” of the sensory overload of autism. “[T]he music skitters and booms, rapid jump cuts intensify the sense of danger, and in this swelling moment of uncertainty, the viewer experiences a fleeting sense of what it might be like to live in a condition of permanent, anxious neural flood,” he writes.