ICAA (International Coalition for Autism and All Abilities) interviewed “The Story of Luke” Writer/Director Alonso Mayo. Check it out:
Luke’s autism is approached in a realistic manner. He is not Dustin Hoffman’s savant character from “Rain Man.” Luke isn’t a human calculator who counts cards, but this does not make him any less of a compelling character. Director Alfonso Mayo approached Luke’s autism in a way that best reflects those living with autism.
(…) Hollywood take note, autism is NOT a setback, nor is it only interesting in the form of a genius character. Luke’s experience is just like the rest of my generation’s, autism or not. His determination is something all millennial kids can relate to.
“The Story of Luke” is not just any movie about autism; it’s a movie that can give the viewer a look into a world that can often be strange and mysterious to an outsider.
(…) I would learn while watching the film, Luke and I share a lot of similarities. We are both 25, both on the autism spectrum and both are looking for a relationship. What I related to most perhaps and more importantly is that we are both trying to find ourselves in a world that is full of things that can be sensory intense and can create sensory overload for us at times. I was happy to have had the opportunity to see this film.
(…) One of the big high points for me was that the movie and specifically Luke’s character wasn’t overshadowed by his autism. His character showed that regardless of having autism or not we all have struggles that we have to overcome. Sometimes people look at those with autism like they are a completely different species… Luke is a living testament that that couldn’t be any farther from the truth.
I loved watching the whole family dynamic transform with Luke in their lives. While it’s obvious they know nothing about autism and have had limited contact with him, by the end of the movie, the family has not only accepted Luke as a member of the family – they love him. More importantly, they need him. Luke’s relatives become compassionate, and it is the compassion that comes with day to day experience.
The Story of Luke goes beyond being a movie about autism, it’s about understanding, acceptance and compassionate for others. One of the key takeaways from The Story of Luke is that “Everybody is good at something.” Everyone – regardless of the their disability – can do something. Everyone has something to contribute. And everyone’s contribution is important.
Many scenes really touch your heart, such as the one where Luke decides to “meet” his mother after she had abandoned him years ago. There are also plenty of comedic moments to rescue the audience from any possibility of overly gravitas situations.
Pucci does an outstanding job of portraying a young man with autism. It made me question many times throughout the film whether he actually had the condition or not. Green’s portrayal of Zach is a wonderful ride through a character’s struggle with the brink of insanity as you see him realize that he needed Luke more than Luke needed him.
All in all, I highly recommend that you see this film before it closes, or you will regret missing not just a movie… but a life-changing experience you’ll never forget.
I’d like to suggest that you all see The Story of Luke and share it with your friends for the following reasons:
- It’s a great story and a wonderful movie. Here’s the trailer.
- The depiction of Luke, a young man with autism who wants what all young men want, is excellent.
- If you don’t know much about autism, this is a good movie to raise your awareness of what happens when they grow up. And April is the month to raise your awareness.
- If you are involved with autism as a parent or a professional, this story will make you feel positive and hopeful.
- It’s funny and endearing.
- You know you have nothing good to watch at home tonight.
- The movie stars Lou Taylor Pucci, Seth Green, Cary Elwes and Kristin Bauer.
- It has participated in over 20 film festivals and won 4 Best Film Awards and 5 Audience Awards.
- Seth Green likes my glasses. I know, because he told me. (Just checking to see if you are still with me here).
- We all need to support these small wonderful independent movies or our viewing choices will be limited to more reality TV or web shows. Believe me, that’s where talented filmmakers end up if they don’t bring in the big bucks with their indie movies.
- Did I say it was a great movie?
Check out the interview that Autism Radio did with “The Story of Luke” Writer/Director Alonso Mayo for their podcast “Hope Saves the Day”.
Luke stands apart and while very perfectly representing life on the spectrum, he never comes off as representing all autistics, only himself. And that’s quite powerful when you think about it. To relate to him, to see so many similarities and yet, seeing him as being his own man and not just a future version of your own child, is a feat not easily accomplished.
(…) I’ve watched The Story of Luke twice in one day and I still want to watch it over and over again because it’s just so well done. Each and every character is so perfectly portrayed and real. Luke is just so lovable, you really can’t help but want to be there, in the movie, to tell him how awesome he really is. Also, not many movies can shock me with what it says and then make me want to stand up and cheer at how the protagonist responds and then make me want to cry just a few scenes later but this movie does all that and more. And it always feels natural. Like I’m watching real life unfold in front of me.
Thanks to the great folks at Autism Live for a great interview yesterday! Check out the videos below to see the full interviews with “The Story of Luke” Producer Nina Leidersdorff, Writer/Director Alonso Mayo and Lead Actor Lou Taylor Pucci.
There’s one scene that just got to me, where Luke’s supervisor (who has some type of autism of his own, but in a very cinical angry kind of way) Zack, asks him why he thought he (Luke) was alive, why was he born…Luke in his most innocent, childlike way doesn’t dare give Zack eye contact, almost afraid to look. Zack continues by telling him the reason he was alive was so normal people can pity him and feel sorry for him and remind everyone what a sad and pathetic world we live in…holy crap! I just never even thought of that…it was so harsh, it hit me like a ton of bricks! Luke responded with anger by saying “No!” He was there with a purpose of accomplishing what his grandfather told him “get a paying job, find a girl, get your shit together”…I appreciated the director’s bluntness and how he turned tragic scenes into funny scenes.
Thanks to Matthew Asner of Autism America Radio for a great interview yesterday! Check out the embedded audio to hear the full interview with “The Story of Luke” Writer/Director Alonso Mayo and Lead Actor Lou Taylor Pucci (Our interviews start at around 1h).
Luke is an unlikely but lovable hero. As Luke transitions into adulthood, the people around him begin to change, all having their pivotal moments due to his influence. We wonder, who is learning from whom? Seeing the world through Luke’s eyes, it’s not really clear who is really disabled and who is “normal.”
I asked my son Jeremy, who is severely impacted by autism, what he thought of The Story of Luke. He typed, “Luke is justly the nicest person in the movie. He cares for the old man (Grandpa) and has feelings. He tries to be somewhat independent. Really, neurotypicals are very impatient.”
(…) Lou Taylor Pucci’s portrayal of Luke is spot on. His manners, gestures and tone of voice feel authentic. He spent time with autism families in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada (where the movie was shot) to get his characrter right.