Mozart and the Whale

Mozart and the Whale

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Director: Petter Næss, Josh Hartnett, Radha Mitchell, Gary Cole

Cast: Petter Næss, Josh Hartnett, Radha Mitchell, Gary Cole

     
 
The emotional dysfunctions of two people suffering from an autistic disorder known as Asperger's syndrome threaten to derail the pair's emerging romance in director Petter Næss' affectionate tale of love among the mentally afflicted. For friendly taxi-driver Donald (Josh Hartnett), patterns and routines are of the utmost importance. In

Overview

The emotional dysfunctions of two people suffering from an autistic disorder known as Asperger's syndrome threaten to derail the pair's emerging romance in director Petter Næss' affectionate tale of love among the mentally afflicted. For friendly taxi-driver Donald (Josh Hartnett), patterns and routines are of the utmost importance. In addition to his love for birds and his uncanny ability to process numbers, Donald does his best to give back to fellow Asperger's sufferers by leading an autism support group. When the lovely but intensely complicated Isabelle (Radha Mitchell) shows up at one of Donald's meetings, the good-natured cabbie finds that love can be as painful as it is elating.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/12/2006
UPC:
0043396171046
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:34:00

Special Features

Includes commentary with Ron Bass

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Josh Hartnett Donald
Radha Mitchell Isabella
Gary Cole Wallace
Sheila Kelley Janice
Erica Leerhsen Bronwin
John Carroll Lynch Gregory
Nate Mooney Roger
Rusty Schwimmer Gracie
Robert Wisdom Blume
Allen Evangelista Skeets

Technical Credits
Petter Næss Director
James Acheson Producer
Deborah Aquila Casting
Ronald Bass Producer,Screenwriter
Lisa Churgin Editor
Lati Croban Co-producer
Marc Dahlstrom Asst. Director
Boaz Davidson Producer
Frank Demartini Producer
Danny Dimbort Executive Producer
Nigel Elliot Sound/Sound Designer
Manfred Heid Executive Producer
Gerd Koechlin Executive Producer
Svein Krovel Cinematographer
Josef Lautenschlager Executive Producer
Robert Lawrence Producer
Avi Lerner Executive Producer
Deborah Lurie Score Composer
Ashley Miller Musical Direction/Supervision
Ha Nguyen Costumes/Costume Designer
Ha Nguyen Costumes/Costume Designer
Trevor Short Executive Producer
Gary Steele Production Designer
Andreas Theismeyer Executive Producer
Andreas Thiesmeyer Executive Producer
John Thompson Executive Producer
Tricia Wood Casting
Miklos Wright Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mozart and the Whale
1. Donald [6:35]
2. The New Girl [7:03]
3. Lunch [11:50]
4. Mozart and the Whale [6:34]
5. The Date [4:22]
6. The Love Birds [10:27]
7. Change Is? [7:32]
8. New Start [6:27]
9. Dinner With the Boss [11:19]
10. Friendship Or? [9:16]
11. Call? [8:03]
12. "You Are Our Family" [4:19]

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Mozart and the Whale 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Petter Næss is a well established Norwegian director who is making is American debut with a sensitive, charming, endearing, warmly humorous love story between two wonderful people who just happen to have Asperger's Syndrome - a form of autism that impedes interpersonal relationships because of patterned responses to a world that is frighteningly challenging. We will be seeing more of this man's work! With a screenplay written by the talented Ronald Bass we the audience are introduced to the world of 'paranormal' people whose complex afflictions alienate them from the 'normal' world - and therein lies one of the beauties of the film: what is the definition of normal? Donald Morton (Josh Hartnett) is a bright mathematical genius recently graduated from college but whose impairment from Asperger's Syndrome keeps him from maintaining taxi cab driver jobs. He is kind and caring and has organized a group of similarly afflicted lonely people whose epicenter is the safety of Donald's group. The members of this group are beautifully enacted by Allen Evangelista, Sheila Kelley, Erica Leerhsen, John Carroll Lynch, Nate Mooney, Rusty Schwimmer, and Robert Wisdom. Into this group comes the very beautiful and flaky Isabelle (Radha Mitchell) whose joie de vivre enhances the mood of the group and captures the eye of Donald. They begin a tenuous courtship hampered by their inherent fears and frustrations but gradually they bond. Isabelle sees how bright Donald is and helps him get a job analyzing computer glitches for a kind employer (Gary Cole). They find a house to make a home but when Donald begins to strive for a 'normal life', Isabelle is threatened and they part ways - until they discover their own special place in the world. The script is rapid-fire, laced with reality checks on Asperger's Syndrome, but more important it gives a credible story between two people. Both Josh Hartnett and Rhada Mitchell make these two characters completely believable. Nothing is pushed over the edge, largely due to the warmth and intelligence of their performances under Næss's direction. For those who have labeled Hartnett as just a pretty boy destined to play shallow roles a surprise in store: Hartnett really CAN act and hopefully he will continue to seek roles such as Donald and climb the ladder of success based on talent instead of just looks. Rhada Mitchell further proves her importance as one of today's important talents. This is a heartwarming story, an educational film for those unfamiliar with Asperger's Syndrome, and an opportunity to witness some fine ensemble acting. Grady Harp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago