A Mother's Courage: Talking Back To Autism (Sólskinsdrengurinn)
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A Mother's Courage: Talking Back To Autism (Sólskinsdrengurinn)
Margret, whose ten-year-old son Keli is severely autistic, has tried a number of treatments to help her son. Consumed by an unquenchable thirst for knowledge about this mysterious and complex condition, she travels from her home in Iceland to the United States and Europe, meeting scientists and other experts, as well as other families touched by autism. The stakes could not be higher: One in 110 children is diagnosed with autism every year, with boys outnumbering girls four to one. While she holds no unrealistic expectations for her son Keli, Margret worries that he may never be… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There is no pat resolution here, but the sight of a mother finally able to connect with her child across autism's chasm is more than stirring."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"Don't let the unsexy subject, the pseudo-poignant vistas or the heavy-handed Sigur Rós score dissuade you: This documentary is undeniably fascinating."
‑ Billie Cohen, Time Out New York
"A relatively benign probe into what is steadily becoming our species' most alarming epidemic."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"It's heart-rending to watch families struggle mightily to simply connect with stricken kids. Even skeptical viewers (such as this one) will be amazed, though, to see the instances of progress captured in this beautifully shot, fascinating film."
‑ Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times
"An incredibly informative and emotionally moving documentary about the challenges and new developments in our understanding of autism."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Appealing documentary about autism is hurt by some aspects of its storytelling."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"The film suffers from the attitude embodied by its self-congratulatory title."
‑ Andrew Schenker, L.A. Weekly
"A Mother's Courage finds other ways to look at autism: as Temple Grandin puts it, "If I could snap my fingers and not be autistic, would I? No.""
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Don't expect Michael Moore's style of humor and irony in this largely pedagogic doc about autism."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve