Sloan Foundation Film

Release Date



  • Max Mayer


  • Hugh Dancy
  • Rose Byrne
  • Peter Gallagher


  • Sundance Film Festival, 2009

Adam, a lonely man with Asperger syndrome, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor Beth.

Adam Raki (Hugh Dancy) is an electronics engineer with Asperger syndrome who struggles to catch irony or sarcasm, to empathize, or to master simple social situations. When a young woman named Beth (Rose Byrne) moves into his apartment building, he does his best to reach out to her. Though she does not quite know how to react to Adam's unconventional overtures, she decides to give him a chance. But Beth’s family problems interfere with their budding romance, and may force them to end their relationship before it has a chance to begin.

Possible Topics

  • Understanding Asperger syndrome
  • Developments in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders

Past Programs


Asperger’s Syndrome

Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, NY

Autism: A Spectrum of Concerns Spanning a Lifetime

The Dairy Arts Center, Boulder, CO


Giving the brain a voice

The State Theatre, Modesto, CA