Best and Most Beautiful Things

Best and Most Beautiful Things

DVD - 2017
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Off a dirt road in rural Maine, a precocious 20-year-old woman named Michelle Smith lives with her mother Julie. Michelle is quirky and charming, legally blind and diagnosed on the autism spectrum, with big dreams and varied passions. Searching for connection, Michelle explores love and empowerment outside the limits of 'normal' through a provocative sex-positive community, and prides herself in being a kinkster and pansexual
Publisher: New York, NY : First Run Features, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD 306.7087 Best 2016
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
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1 videodisc (91 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated

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jimg2000
Dec 01, 2017

It's... it's a freaking genius show. It's a show about outcasts that tells you it's OK to be an outcast.
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I've always felt like I was not normal, like I did not fit in. First of all, I am legally blind. I cannot see your face from this distance at all unless I'm literally almost nose to nose with you.
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When I'm on the computer, I can see things, for the most part, the way the sighted world see things, and people talk to me online, a lot of times, they don't even know that I'm blind, and so I feel like it... it equalizes me, but then when I leave the house and... and go out into the world, it's not like that.

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jimg2000
Dec 01, 2017

Each and every one of you has the talent and the ability to create your own life. Know yourself and know all the challenges you face and don't put yourself on the sidelines. Not everybody's gonna understand you or see you as capable, or, in some cases, they may even pity you, God forbid, but you can't let that stop you from being the most important person in your own world. You know, all people are great in their dreams. The point that I want for you guys is to be important in your own life, not just in your dreams, but in your real life, you know, that it is, in fact, up to you.
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Her world is so small, the knowledge that she is lacking between the vision loss and not seeing everything that goes on but then also because of the autism... that neurological, mental, whatever you want to call it... she doesn't get it, and that's why I don't see her as being totally independent. I just don't.

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jimg2000
Dec 01, 2017

I think a lot of people who work with people with disabilities don't really... they tend to think that our pers... certain... certain personality quirks that aren't considered "normal" are just a side effect of our disability that needs to be changed and fixed, and our individuality is not considered as important as someone without a disability because a lot of it is considered, like, a side effect of our disability. "Oh, she doesn't know that it's weird to like to collect dolls when she's 21"... which I do, like, collect dolls... and it's like, no, I know that people are gonna think it's weird, but it's who I am, and I feel like other people's ignorance should not be my burden to bear. I should be able to be myself. I'm not hurting anyone, and there's so many people who are trained to work with people with disabilities telling me, "You will never be a real adult." People are always gonna talk to you like you're a child,"

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jimg2000
Dec 01, 2017

I'm a female. I identify as female, but I don't think about that all the time. I don't let my gender or my age or my disability or any other factor about me that's just a fact... I don't let that dictate any other parts of who I am. I just be me, and I feel like that has made me more happy than any popularity I ever got being someone else.
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You know, there are gonna be people in... in your life who are gonna tell you that you have to be a certain way because your age, your gender, your race, your sexual orientation, whatever, and I... there's a wor... there's a word for people like that. They're called axshxle.
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It feels like she looks at your condition in black or white. You're either perfectly independent and you know everything or you don't know anything and are not capable of living alone.

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jimg2000
Dec 01, 2017

All of these people could relate to me in one way or another, even if it's something small or something that's big as, "My parents got divorced when I was 13 or 14." "Oh, mine did, too," you know? It doesn't matter if it's a big thing or small thing. Everyone can relate to each other in one way or another, and that's something very beautiful. It's good to think about whenever you're thinking that you're all alone in the world, and, trust me, if you think you're all alone, think about how many, you know, billions of other people think they're all alone... 6 billion, to be precise.

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jimg2000
Dec 01, 2017

A scripted docudrama on the coming of age of a woman who was legally blind but not quit 100% blind. While "not normal," she was never alone but surrounded by family, friends and social support groups. The main actors are personalities in real life. The flaw was the script was exclusively personal views without expert opinion. Another worthwhile docudrama is the 2015 “How to Dance in Ohio.”
No captions or subtitles.

6.3/10 IMDb
1.5/4 Roger Ebert
81% Rotten Tomatoes

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gingerbeer
Apr 19, 2017

This is a quirky and thought-provoking documentary; well worth a look!

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