When an autistic American teenager falls in love with an Italian girl, he must overcome his difficulties with social interaction to win her.
I’d always advise against using words like “win her”. It’s a little old fashioned. Is the goal to make her fall in love with him too (surely that’s up to her)? Or simply notice him? I’d focus on the latter.
What does “overcome his difficulties with social interaction” look like on screen? Is this a short or a feature length? I only ask because he could potentially overcome his difficulties in 5 minutes or it could take 5 years. I feel like there needs to be a more visual struggle that represents him overcoming his social anxieties. Maybe he needs to perform in the school talent show? Or win the part of the lead in the Xmas play (where she plays the female lead). Or do you imagine this taking place over one lazy summer (akin to Call Me By Your Name).
Agree. These thoughts should add up and clarify if this is a romance where the two spend significant time together or if he loves her from afar and it’s more about him building up the courage or trying to get her attention.
Clarify the setting. If it’s in Italy, better to say so. Though if it is, what’s the purpose of an additional conflict? Seems a language and/or cultural barrier would distract the main struggle. Regardless of where, describe the girl in a more meaningful way.
How realistic is the premise?
Isn’t one of the defining characteristics of autism an inability to relate to others, to even establish emotional bonds with anyone, certainly strangers (which the Italian girl would be). Isn’t it more realistic for her to get interested in him first? So that her task/goal is to get him to come out of his shell and emotionally bond with her?
I think of Rosie for this story.
Could be they are brought together for work / situation but must overcome awkwardness so she can see him as interest potential.
Not sure if you watch the Good Doctor, but the main character who’s autistic finally wins over a non-autistic colleague who can see his goodness and is comfortable with directness and mannerisms but it takes time and his constant desire to improve himself.
So definitely good groundwork for a story – maybe just create the details of the situation – someone autistic already implies awkward so probably don’t need to add that but raise specific struggle with this particular person and why her….