The Horse Boy 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… The Horse Boy 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… 2009-09-30 Unrated PT93M Documentary Zeitgeist Films
Movie Review

The Horse Boy (2009)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Rowan Isaacson travels with his parents to Mongolia seeking an autism cure in The Horse Boy
Image credit: O. Rufus Lovett
OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Rowan Isaacson travels with his parents to Mongolia seeking an autism cure in The Horse Boy
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Sep 30, 2009; Rated: Unrated; Length: 93 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; 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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Originally posted Sep 29, 2009 Published in issue #1069-1070 Oct 09, 2009 Order article reprints
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