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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Not an accurate portrayal of life with autism.
15 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I commented on this film long ago and for some reason it disappeared. I parent a child with autism, life is not NEARLY as bad as this film makes it out to be. I found it dangerous that so many people now see THIS as living with autism. Are there challenges? OF COURSE. However, most of the challenges are from people's reactions to my son, not his autism itself. Families like mine do not need sympathy. What we WOULD VERY much appreciate is acceptance. Overall, for those of you not personally affected by autism, please don't take this film as gospel. This film does not by a LONG shot portray how all of us are. And yes, if you're wondering, I'm not the father of a child with Asperger's. My son has "classic" or "severe" (though i hate that term) autism.

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