A Mother's Courage: Talking Back To Autism (Sólskinsdrengurinn)
A Mother's Courage: Talking Back To Autism (Sólskinsdrengurinn) (2010)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 24, 2010
DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
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Andy Webster
New York Times

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.

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Billie Cohen
Time Out

Don't let the unsexy subject, the pseudo-poignant vistas or the heavy-handed Sigur Rós score dissuade you: This documentary is undeniably fascinating.

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

A relatively benign probe into what is steadily becoming our species' most alarming epidemic.

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Michael Ordoña
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An incredibly informative and emotionally moving documentary about the challenges and new developments in our understanding of autism.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Appealing documentary about autism is hurt by some aspects of its storytelling.

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Andrew Schenker
L.A. Weekly

The film suffers from the attitude embodied by its self-congratulatory title.

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Cynthia Fuchs

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."

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Harvey S. Karten

Don't expect Michael Moore's style of humor and irony in this largely pedagogic doc about autism.

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