“This lively portrait of a young woman with disabilities and her ordinary hopes and dreams is an explicit, engaging challenge to our ideas of what ‘normal’ is.”
A newly released coming of age movie is set to break boundaries, including the sex and disability discourse.
‘Best and Most Beautiful Things’ directed by Garrett Zevgetis was premiered at the SXSW film festival in March and has gone on to earn a multitude of awards. It doesn’t end there either, the film is certified ‘fresh’ on review aggregate site ‘rotten tomatoes’, receiving acclaim from critics and average joe’s alike. Standout reviews on the site include MaryAnn Johanson’s saying: “This lively portrait of a young woman with disabilities and her ordinary hopes and dreams is an explicit, engaging challenge to our ideas of what ‘normal’ is.”
The film follows Michelle Smith, as a remarkably frank central figure in the Boston-based film. She navigates life, identity and sexuality while visually impaired and having Asperger’s syndrome. As she makes the rocky transition from teenager to adult, the young woman also breaks boundaries about disability and sex in ways the filmmakers never expected.
The film came out on December 6th and is sure to help end the taboo and challenge the stereotypes of sex, intimacy and disability.
Stay tuned for my full radio documentary on the subject or track my progress here.