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The Horse BoyWhen their son, Rowan, is diagnosed with autism (a condition that leaves him disengaged from everything but horses), journalist Rupert Isaacson and his...The Horse BoyDocumentaryPT93MUnratedWhen their son, Rowan, is diagnosed with autism (a condition that leaves him disengaged from everything but horses), journalist Rupert Isaacson and his...2009-10-01Zeitgeist Films

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B+

The Horse Boy

Genre: Documentary; Director: Michel O. Scott; Runtime (in minutes): 93; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: Zeitgeist Films

When their son, Rowan, is diagnosed with autism (a condition that leaves him disengaged from everything but horses), journalist Rupert Isaacson and his wife make a desperate decision: They will take Rowan to the mountains of Mongolia, track down the shamans who live there, and pursue a course of mystic healing. ? In following the Isaacsons’ journey, Michel O. Scott’s documentary, The Horse Boy, turns into a lyrical and stirring meditation on the mystery of autism. The shamans see Rowan’s condition less as a malady than as a force. To be overcome, it must first be embraced. B+

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