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How to Dance in Ohio, a piercing documentary... might from its pocket description seem to be a variation on this evening-news staple.
It's a bit shapeless in terms of filmmaking, but this is a "character documentary," a study of people that you won't soon forget, and it works on that level.
A touching, gentle-hearted look at teenagers on the autistic spectrum preparing for their first formal dance, How to Dance in Ohio offers a refreshingly upbeat, even cheerful look at people and their families coping with the condition.
While the tale is nothing flashy, there is compassion and sincerity for each subject's unique story.
Shiva's intimate approach captures moments of triumph and pain along the way, making the struggle of autism accessible to families and communities coping with the affliction.
Inspirational, heartwarming doc about living with ASD.
The young women's stories are presented so matter-of-factly, in a flat narrative, that their emotional power is muted.
There's such a fundamental sweetness and sensitivity at the core of Alexandra Shiva's documentary that it often doesn't matter that it's not profoundly insightful.
As is usual for this kind of low-key doc, it comes alive most when it captures the little moments that are nigh-impossible to script.
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