The Horse Boy

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Released 2009

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Director:
Keely Christian
Released:
2009
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The Horse Boy, directed by Michel Orion Scott, is a 2009 documentary about one Texas family as they stuggle to understand their severely autistic son. When Rowan Isaacson was two years old he was diagnosed with a severe form of autism. Rowan's parents, Rupert Isaacson and Kristen Neff, are well-educated and sought the best treatment and specialist for their son. Unfortunately, all the specialists and experts could not provide the parents with the answers they were seeking. At four years old, Rowan is very difficult for his parents to handle. He has fits of uncontrollable crying, screaming and other emotional outbursts. Rupert tries taking Rowan for a walk one day when he is particularly upset. During the walk Rowan bonds with an old horse and Rupert has an idea. Together the family decide to travel to Outer Mongolia and seek the advice of a shaman. The family hopes the shaman will be able to provide advice and treatments that other doctors have not been able to offer.moreless

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The whole enterprise seems to be Isaacson's project. He narrates the film. Kristin, his wife, seems fully in accord with him, and they're both courageous, but I would have liked mo...

  • 70

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    The film is not a primer on this heartbreaking condition. Instead it recounts a deeply personal, highly subjective and inarguably thought-provoking story of one family's quest for ...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    Tthe film, which also contains brief interviews with several autism experts, proves an extraordinary journey of the heart and spirit, and a stirring testament to parenthood.

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Military & War, Culture