The Horse Boy (2009) 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