Claire Danes and David Strathairn in Temple Grandin

HBO’s new original movie, TEMPLE GRANDIN, premieres tonight, Saturday February 6, at 8pm. And you don’t want to miss it.

Temple Grandin tells the story of a young autistic woman, Temple Grandin (Claire Danes), in a time when autism was not very well understood. We follow her journey from her early school years to her getting her Master of Science, and are exposed to her struggles and challenges along the way. Temple Grandin’s mind works different than all of ours, she sees and understands life through pictures and that’s what allowed her to understand cattle’s behavior and to come up with a behavioral tool that is still used today in the cattle industry. In addition, all of this also led her to become an advocate for autism (although that last part is only touched on briefly in the film).

There are a few clues that should tell you this is a great movie to watch: 1) it’s an HBO Film, 2) it is based on a true story, 3) and it has a great cast.

I personally love Claire Danes, she is one of my favorite actresses, and so it should come as no surprise that I was really looking forward to seeing her in this. I am happy to say she is really wonderful in this and I think it’s safe to say that we can expect an award nomination for her work in Temple Grandin. Claire Danes has transformed herself both physically and emotionally in order to portray Temple Grandin and it allows you to become completely immersed into the universe of this woman and how she feels and sees things. It is not only a great story, but a fascinating subject.

Catherine O’Hara and Julie Ormond are great as Aunt Ann and Temple’s mother, Eustacia, respectively. They add another point of view to the film, ours. They see Temple the way we see her, and they know that there is something very special about her. I also really loved David Strathairn’s portrayal of Dr. Carlock and Temple’s mentor, there is something really calm and real about it, and I think it makes you understand why Temple connected to him so much.

Temple Grandin is definitely a character study and a great one. Not only do you learn about this woman’s life, you also learn about cattle and autism in ways that you probably hadn’t before. I definitely recommend you check it out when it airs tonight at 8pm, and if you miss it you can catch it again on HBO on February 7 (5:45pm), 10 (11:30am, 8pm), 14 (10:30am, 12:30am), 18 (9:30am,4:30pm) 20 (2pm), 22 (3pm, 10:30pm) and 27 (noon), and on HBO2 on February 11 (8pm, 5am), 21 (10am, 9pm), and 24 (9am, 6pm).

You can also check out some more photos below and you can watch the trailer here.