Mr. Thornton captures the odd look, odd gait, ticks and jerks, persistent preoccupation, repetitive mannerisms, absent arm swing, the flat affect, the concrete response, and the stigmatizing dress patterns (e.g., pants worn tod high) of such patients. There is no hint of impropriety nor does any character in the movie suggest there should be a reason for concern when a middle-age man and a young boy became friends. [...] Karl did not live in the house but in a dirtfloored shed behind the house; he did not have a bed but instead just a hole dug out of the dirt floor; he was ridiculed by kids at school; and when his folks had another unwanted child, they aborted it, and made 8-year-old Karl dispose of the remains.
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