Young mathematics prodigy Nathan struggles with people but finds comfort in numbers. When Nathan wins a place at the Mathematics Olympiad, he develops unfamiliar feelings for his Chinese counterpart, the beautiful Zhang Mei. Ultimately this is Nathan’s journey towards discovering the unfathomable experience of first love.
From the producers of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Morgan Matthews's X + Y emerges as one of the year's most rewarding discoveries, and its director as one of the UK's hottest new filmmakers. Already a success in the world of British television documentary, and inspired by the real-life subjects of his own Beautiful Young Minds, Matthews turns his talents to fiction filmmaking. Favouring a series of small, resonant moments over contrived dramatic catharsis, he allows the story's impact to build naturally to its poignant conclusion. Butterfield is a wonder as Nathan, and the always-superb Hawkins is a force of nature as a mother struggling to reach her son. A story of profound warmth, X + Y is about more than connecting numbers — it's about connecting hearts.