X+Y is a heart-warming story about a socially awkward boy who possesses a great gift but at the cost of "fitting in".
Nathan struggles to build relationships and prefers to live in his own private world. Whilst enjoying a strong connection with his father, his mother has been unable to forge a similar bond. Nathan's true comfort zone is with numbers and math for which he has shown great aptitude, these shaping his everyday life.
Recognised at a young age as a math prodigy, Nathan is taken under the wing of a somewhat world-weary and cynical tutor, Mr Humphreys, and an unlikely friendship is formed. Mr Humphreys understands that viewing the world in terms of math is the only way Nathan can make sense of it all.
Nathan's talents win him a place on the UK representative team for the International Mathematics Olympiad which sees him travelling to Taiwan with his team mates and supervisor. Finding himself amongst other "weirdos" and "geeks" is a new experience for Nathan but it's made clear to him by his supervisor that whilst he may be considered a genius in the normal world "here you are painstakingly average".
Taiwan presents challenges for Nathan who doesn't like to deviate from his normal routine. In addition to functioning in a different environment, he begins to experience unfamiliar feelings for a beautiful Chinese team member – this causing confusion in Nathan's world where everything has a pattern, logic and order. But love – can there really be a formula for love?
Whilst this is Nathan's story, it's also about the people around him and how their own lives are shaped and impacted by Nathan and his quirky ways.
A stellar cast (Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan, Jo Yang, Martin McCann, Jake Davies, Edward Baker-Close) delivers a mix of humour and drama, tragedy and triumph in this beautiful and uplifting story about awkwardness, adaptability and the reality that sometimes we have to change our shape to fit in.
Set for release in Australian cinemas on 9 April 2015, this movie gets a fabulous 5 stars from me.