Coming Distractions: Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons solve for melodrama in The Man Who Knew Infinity

In the trailer for The Man Who Knew Infinity, we meet math prodigy Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), who, after failing out of college in his native India due to his obsessive adherence to his own idiosyncratic understanding of numbers, contacts G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), an esteemed professor of mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge in the hopes of finding professional encouragement. Impressed by Ramanujan’s innate talent, the aging British scholar brings the impoverished young autodidact to Cambridge to act as his mentor and aid him in the pursuit of his studies. But while equations come easily to Ramanujan, the world of academia does not, and he struggles as much with the culture shock of life away from his home in Madras as he does with trying to convince the intellectual elite of his theories.

Directed by Matt Brown, The Man Who Knew Infinity is based on Ramanujan’s book …

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