Life, Animated

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Released 2016

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Director:
Roger Ross Williams
Released:
2016
Rating:
PG
Autistic artist Owen Suskind retells how his childhood love of animated Disney movies awakened him to emotion, communication and intimacy, allowing him to connect not only with his loving family but with his own creative talents. His father, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind provides his perspective on Owen's transformation and explains what neuroscience is discovering about how autistic people connect with their passions and how new therapies can bridge the gap.

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  • 100

    The Guardian Lanre Bakare

    It's a beguiling mix of animated storytelling and narration that doesn't flinch from exploring the emotional highs and lows that accompany a life with autism.

  • 90

    The Hollywood Reporter Duane Byrge

    The film is a documentary gem.

  • 83

    The Film Stage John Fink

    Life, Animated, like Owen, is optimistic and should provide a measure of comfort for the many families affected by a complex disorder – such stories are essential to share.

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