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The Man Who Knew Infinity

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
the man who knew infinity

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

This biopic of Indian maths genius Srinivasa Ramanujan does not go to infinity – or beyond. It features some exceedingly good British actors, but the script gives us a version of his life that feels like it’s from the Marks and Spencer advert. Which is a shame, because it’s an extraordinary story.

We meet Ramanujan (Dev Patel) in 1914, working as a bookkeeper in Tamil Nadu (his brain is quicker than the abacus). Self-taught, he writes to a professor (Jeremy Irons) at Trinity College, Cambridge, who recognises his talent and invites him to the UK where he’s met with horrible, ugly racism everywhere – sneery old dons deliberately mispronouncing his name and brainless thugs beating him up. This is polite and earnest, but never quite adds up to much.

Written by
Cath Clarke

Release Details

  • Release date:Friday 8 April 2016
  • Duration:108 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Matt Brown
  • Screenwriter:Matt Brown
  • Cast:
    • Jeremy Irons
    • Dev Patel
    • Stephen Fry
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