Special People (2009)
Critic Reviews for Special People
In terms of character development and story the film is unspectacular and often rather blunt - one final-act twist feels shoehorned in to shock. But this is a well observed and likeable slice of DIY cinema.
By keeping the central theme simple, Edgar and his team are free to explore the nature of the relationships and the characters in the classroom alongside bigger themes such as attitudes to disability from within the community and without.
Edgar gets a gold star for this cheeky send-up of the champagne socialists who make miserable films about (supposedly) miserable people.
Ironically, he's exactly like Special People itself, which is trying so hard to say something profound about disability that it has forgotten to be a drama in the first place.
At times Special People feels hobbled by the very political correctness it wants to poke fun at; still, it's nicely observed and crisply played, gently confounding a gaggle of prejudices during the course of a svelte 81-minute run.
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