Best and Most Beautiful Things

Synopsis: In this joyous coming-of-age story, a precocious 20-year-old woman searches for love and freedom in a surprising sex-positive community. Living with her mother in rural Maine, spirited Michelle Smith is legally blind and diagnosed with autism, but she chases big dreams against all odds.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Garrett Zevgetis
Production: Beacon Street Films
  3 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

You gonna light this candle?

Don't you

think lighting a candle

is kind of cliche?

What do you mean?

Everyone does that in movies.

"Concentrate on the candle.


on the flame."

It's works.


Have a candle.

I feel it's getting warmer.

Is this my imagination?

No, honey.

It's not... it's not lit.

I can't see anything.

I'll help you.

I'll talk you through it, OK?

- OK. - So here's the match...

- Oh, OK.

And the matchbox comes

with a striker on the side.

It... it's scary.


You just do this like that

and light on fire...

and harder.

I'm afraid of it.

Why are you afraid of it?

Because I'm afraid of fire.

Now hold on to the candle

with the other hand,

almost there, and you'll

see when it lights.

Up a little bit higher.

Now just keep it right there.

Keep your... keep your

match right there.

It'll light that on fire.

It's getting shorter

and shorter.

Yeah. Good.

Good. See?

When can I blow it out?

Want to blow it out now?

Daria, on computer:

I can't believe you're trying

to bribe me with singles.

Sweetie, it's not a bribe.

It's a deal. Honestly...

Oh, my God,

did I really just say that?

Excuse me.

Excuse me.

I have the cutest,

little pores, don't I?

You really do.

I wish I had pores

like yours, Daria.

Michelle, voice-over: It's...

it's a freaking genius show.

It's a show about outcasts

that tells you

it's OK to be an outcast.

Make lots of noise

Kiss lots of boys

Or kiss lots of girls if

that's something you're into

When the...

Michelle, voice-over:

I've always felt

like I was not normal,

like I did not fit in.

First of all,

I am legally blind.

I cannot see your face

from this distance at all

unless I'm literally

almost nose to nose with you.

I forget that the camera's

over here, not up there. Ha ha!

Oh, crap.

Michelle, voice-over:

I have something called

Asperger syndrome,

otherwise known

as high-functioning autism.

It's that I get very obsessed

with things in my head,

and, um, like, it takes over

my brain, basically.

I'm a little surprised, Daria.

That makes two of us.

I didn't figure you to believe

in all that



I hope this

won't lower your opinion of me.

Ha ha ha!

La la la la la...

Michelle, voice-over: Basically,

my childhood, it was mostly

things that were...

quote, unquote... "normal"

for little girls to like,

but I liked them in the extreme.

Hello, Mumsy.

Hey, honey.

Um, smells like sandwiches.

Yeah. It's roast

beef and salami...

Ooh, yummy.

And... yes,

and tomatoes.

Michelle, voice-over: Nowadays,

I feel like I need to have

some tangible success

in my life.

What about, uh, banana peppers?

Top shelf on the right.


Michelle, voice-over:

When I get up in the morning,

pour myself a cup of coffee

and think,

"OK. I'm going to work,"

and when I come home

in a evening, feel like I've...

you know, I've had a...

you know, a long,

fulfilling day

and I'm earning my money,

that... that feeling

that all kids want,

which is to be an adult.

Woman, voice-over:

Michelle was a very good baby.

She didn't cry a lot.

She did a lot of looking around,

and we didn't...

we didn't know until

she was 3 months old

that she even had

a vision problem.

Michelle, voice-over:

When I was in kindergarten,

my parents said, "If the kids

laugh at you, just ignore them,"

and I was thinking,

"Why would they laugh at me?"

Pick up the pace.

Well, this is an exciting day.

Huh huh!

What are you gonna do today?

I don't know, but

I'm a little nervous.

You are?


How are the first day of school?

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