O. Rufus Lovett
Owen Gleiberman
October 01, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Horse Boy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
93 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/30/09
director
Michel O. Scott
distributor
Zeitgeist Films
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B+

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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