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Directed by Michel Orion Scott, The Horse Boy is part travel adventure, part insight into shamanic healing and part intimate look at the autistic mind. In telling one family's extraordinary story, the film gives voice to the thousands who display amazing courage and creativity everyday in the battle against this mysterious and heartbreaking epidemic. The filmic companion to Isaacson's best-selling book of the same name, and a festival favorite, this ravishing documentary odyssey gives insight into how, in life's darkest moments, one can find the gateway to joy and wonder.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:
- 16:9 anamorphic transfer, enhanced for widescreen TVs
- 25 minutes of additional interviews with autism experts, including Simon Baron-Cohen and animal behavior expert Dr. Temple Grandin (subject of an upcoming HBO biopic starring Claire Danes)
- Behind-the-scenes and outtake footage of the Isaacsons' Mongolian journey
- Theatrical trailer
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
A lyrical and stirring meditation on the mystery of autism. --Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
A deeply personal, highly subjective and inarguably thought-provoking story of one family's quest for a certain kind of peace. --Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
Top Customer Reviews
While this film does get into some of the background behind Rowan's diagnosis, and shows the frequent tantrums common to autistic children, it does not discuss in any great detail the traditional care they sought in the medical community nor the alternative biomedical therapies they may have explored which are increasingly prevalent in this space due to the ill-equipped health care system to handle autism, a neurological disorder. While this might disappoint some viewers, the strengths of this movie are that it shows the relationship between father and son, depicts a family which is unified, and follows a family through Mongolia, a country little known to the West.Read more ›
Prior to starting a family, Rupert Isaacson and his wife Kristin Neff had traveled extensively. They were delighted to settle down and welcomed Rowan into the world. Isaacson was a former horse trainer and Kristin was a Psychology Professor. At age two, Rowan is diagnosed with autism. Rupert and Kristin sought out every avenue they could to try to help Rowan. He demonstrated rages that could last for hours, slept very little and did not respond to any of the therapies they could find. Rupert's experinces prior to Rowan's birth had given him a broad wealth of knowledge. He knew that animals could be comforting to children with disabilities and got Rowan on a horse. At first it was difficult but eventually Rowan was calmed by riding. Riding became one of the only times Rowan seemed truly calm and at ease within himself.
Rupert was desperate to help his son and brought up the idea to Kristin of taking Rowan to the shamans in Mongolia. He believed that the shamans held healing powers that could help his son and his autism. So, as a family, they set out to ride horses through Mongolia to visit various shamans in seach of a cure for Rowan.
The trip proves to be very difficult for Rowan who likes his stability and predictable life. The van that they use for part of the travel becomes Rowan's "home away from home" and he refuses to ride the horses.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We watched The Horse Boy as our family movie a couple nights ago. I was so moved by the compassion shown by everyone especially when they got to Mongolia and I appreciated that... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Bethany C.
It's a good movie. it's like a 60 minute type movie. I was a little disappointed because I thought there would be more inactive with the horse. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
I gave it five stars because i love the book SO much. The movie leaves a lot out. I recommend reading the book first, then watching the movie, so you can get the detailed, amazing... Read morePublished 25 days ago by J
Very inspiring story. There is a movement around the world for natural healing. Shamanism is on the rise.Published 1 month ago by thaicat
It was very interesting how far parents would travel to find a cure for their son. I was disappointed that the story involved more of men than how the horses were used.Published 1 month ago by LINDA DIAZ
Interesting documentary about real life challenges of living and reaching an autistic child. This film made me really feel for the family and the struggle. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joan Robertson