Mathew Brown’s film and screenplay based on the 1991 book THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY by Robert Kanigel is based on the true story of Indian mathematician Srinvasa Ramanujan, who due to his self taught theories on mathematical theories earned admission to Cambridge University during World War I where under the guidance of his professor, G.H. Hardy, became a pioneer in the field where he is still influential to this day. This is a brilliant film that tackles the stifling English class system and racial attitudes of the day in heartbreaking realism as it pertained to this brilliant young Indian man, who all the while managed to succeed against all odds. A beautiful and brilliant cast headed by Dev Patel (who should be remembered at Oscar Nominating time) as Ramanujan and Jeremy Irons as his professor G.H. Hardy, with Toby Stephens, Stephen Fry, Jeremy Northam, Kevin McNally, Enzo Cilenti and Devika Bhise offering excellent support. This is the kind of film that often times is nominated for Best Picture of the Year, but because it has been released so early in the year may be forgotten by the time the end of the year rolls around. I certainly hope this is not the case.
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