24 hours in the lives of 8 families who have autistic children.




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Eight families, each with an autistic child, permit a camera crew into their houses for 24 hours to immerse us in their lives. The film is loosely organized around themes: yesterday (when the infants developed as expected for a year or so), diagnosis, morning chores (breakfast, teeth brushing, getting dressed), stress and exhaustion, marital strain, siblings, finances, school, everyday dangers, being in public, and the future. Throughout the parents are candid, sunny, poignant, and aware as they talk while interacting with their children. Parents communicate the difficulties of their lives, the redefinition of their hopes, and the bone-weary depth of their love for their children. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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9 May 2006 (USA)  »

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Technically poor film-making and one sided story telling.
4 January 2008 | by (Winnipeg, Manitoba) – See all my reviews

From a purely technical standpoint, what stood out for me most in this film was the crappy sound.

The kids in the background, who should BE in the background, had their voices overemphasized, with screams meant to jar the audience out of their chairs. There were also a couple of times where I swear that some of the screaming/grunting/whining was looped.

Which leads to my second point.

(paraphrasing) "sometimes I thought of strapping Jodie in the car and driving off the George Washington Bridge... it's only because of Lauren" my "normal" (my word) child...

What is Thierry trying to accomplish, exactly? The first comment on this board says that (paraphrasing) "I know I'm not having kids now." I agree with Correy Lennox. If someone is not familiar with autism this is a dangerous movie.

And if someone is not familiar with good documentary film-making, it's also a dangerous movie.

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