|Best and Most Beautiful Things
A film by Garrett Zevgetis
91 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2016
In rural Maine, a bright and magnetic 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 community, Michelle explores love and empowerment outside the limits of "normal" through a provocative sexual awakening, and prides herself on being a kinkster and pansexual. Michelle's joyful story of self-discovery celebrates outcasts everywhere.
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"Critics' Pick! "Decidedly not a Lifetime movie. Ms. Smith does not fit easily into any box, and neither does this thought-provoking film." - The New York Times
"One of the year's most touching documentary films. A provocative and joyous coming of age portrait." - The Huffington Post
"A luminous subject with an incredible story. Absolutely seek this film out...There's a wonderful and exciting twist to this magical journey that will, I swear, improve your life if you happen upon it organically." - Paste Magazine
"Touching on sexuality, self-realization, and a support system that encourages empowerment, 'Best and Most Beautiful' Things nails the idea that 'normal' is very overrated." - The Austin Chronicle
"Best and Most Beautiful Things' focuses on the discovery of boundless opportunities in a society designed to suggest otherwise for those facing Smith's plight." - Indiewire
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● Bonus Short: Inner Child (Michelle and Her Family Visit Disney World)