Nathan Ellis is a brilliant young man – math is like breathing for him – who sits ‘on the spectrum’ as his doctor puts it.
Since his father died when he was a toddler, he’s been incapable of giving or receiving love – which makes things hard for his mum, Julie. When he discovers math, it gives him a way to deal with his life, if not that of others – until an unorthodox tutor, Martin Henderson, enters their lives.
An alcoholic English teacher faces off against a partially disabled artist in a challenge to discover which is more powerful – a piece of art, or a piece of prose or poetry. Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche play the agreeably disagreeable pair as they set out to win their students to their respective views.
Carlo Carlei’s Romeo & Juliet hits the plays high points with a certain amount of style and some passionate performances, but is sabotaged by overly rapid pacing and a script that isn’t all Shakespeare. It’s still worth seeing, but it could have been so much better.