Thursday, March 29, 2018

Review: In ‘Keep the Change,’ Two People With Autism Find Love

This is a landmark motion picture — a movie about people living with autism in which all of the characters who have autism are portrayed by nonprofessional performers who also have it. The problem with thirty-something David (Brandon Polansky) is that he doesn’t think he has a condition of any kind. His occasional anxious fits of wheezing he puts down to allergies, and he’s not at all self-conscious about the staggeringly offensive jokes he tells at the wrong time to the wrong people. A pig joke told to a cop has gotten him arrested and sentenced to spend time with a support group of other people with autism. He’s at first completely contemptuous.

He’s particularly annoyed by Sarah (Samantha Elisofon), with whom he is given a homework assignment that obliges them to visit the Brooklyn Bridge together. Sarah has a winning and nearly constant smile and a startling openness. The film, written and directed by Rachel Israel, respects these characters by portraying their whole, unfiltered selves.

Read more and see the trailer at the New York Times.