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Marathon was an award-winning movie I have just recently watched It was based on a true story of a young autistic boy training to become a marathon runner It was also on the boys relationship to his mother Although he is twenty years old he has a childlike understanding of the world He likes chocolate cookies and zebras He can memorize casual conversations and TV shows He tends to dance in public and pass gas at the most inappropriate times While these things may seem cute or at least funny they mostly get him into a lot of trouble due to his inability to understand how the world really operates Thus his mother controls many aspects of his life in the name of protection When he was little he tended to engage in self-destructive behaviors but with the help of the special school he attended and his mothers insistence that he participate in various physical activities his condition quickly improved He survives through his mothers love and she is the only one who is unashamed of his behavior understanding and loving him for who he is and what he does Even his little brother avoids ignores and looks down at him However believing that he enjoys running his mother enters him into a variety of races and soon decides that he should compete in a marathon hoping him to achieve something every amateur runner dreams of completing the race in less than three hours After many processes of failing and giving up he finally makes it and I personally believe that it is his disorder that helped in more concentration and less consciousness of tiredness It is also not only autism the movie deals with but also a surprise illness that comes into the picture later on Thankfully its not a terminal illness meant to illicit a lot of tears but instead a quick wake-up call to give the mother a chance to
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