Reactions to The Reason Why I Jump

The 15th film of the current season, and the only documentary, The Reason Why I Jump proved to be quite a hit with most of the relatively small audience, earning an overall appreciation score of 81.7%. Some of the comments received:

  • Excellent insight into autism
  • An extraordinary film. Intelligent and poignant.
  • It was such an interesting and thought provoking film. The use of different stories in different cultures gave the film scope and depth. I want everyone I know to watch it.
  • Really interesting insight and I learnt a lot from the film. I liked the way the author’s narrative was intermingled with other characters from all over the world and David Mitchell‘s observations, and the filming and sounds helped to get across how those with autism perceive their environment.
  • A complete eye opener.
  • Mind changing! I came away completely turned around in the way I see people with severe (can’t find a non-judgemental word) autism. The film was overwhelmingly humane but it was the content not the filmmaking that made it so good.
  • It was extremely interesting to see how families were coping in the different countries and the different perceptions. In all cases, it was heart-breaking to see how difficult it was for the child and the families to cope with the condition and I found the film deeply moving.
  • A moving, enlightening and uplifting film.
  • An unusual choice but well made. A difficult subject and a brave choice.
  • Novel film giving a sensitive insight into the world of individuals with autism. Thanks for this film.
  • Moving and an education. A documentary was a good choice.
  • Fascinating insight into the neuro-diverse world told through the sensory experiences of people with autism.
  • Very interesting and informative, presented in an absorbing way. I hope this is seen (and the book read) by many people, to encourage empathy and understanding.
  • I really liked the film. Thought it was beautifully filmed and although I haven’t read the book it got like a very respected U.K. adaptation. Definitely a highlight!
  • An insight into the lives of autistic people, who have good minds trapped in dysfunctional bodies. The parents of the children were heroic.
  • A very different choice, but well worth including in the CFS programme. It gave some good insight (or at least seemed to) into a world that most of us have little hope of understanding fully. Even a limited better understanding may help to make life better for those affected.
  • An intelligent glimpse into the hidden world of autism.
  • Was expecting to hate it but instead found it very interesting and thought provoking.
  • An over-ambitious film which did not work. It was slow and repetitive making it hard to keep one’s eyes open.
  • Rather underwhelming, and not particularly enlightening.