MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 33,721 this week

A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism (2009)
"Sólskinsdrengurinn" (original title)

 |  Documentary  |  2 April 2010 (USA)
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 200 users   Metascore: 76/100
Reviews: 1 user | 12 critic | 5 from Metacritic.com

The mother of an autistic child is determined not to accept the pessimistic prognosis for her son.

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

Related News

Winslet To Pen Book For Autism Awareness
| WENN
Winslet Launches Autism Charity
| WENN

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 695 titles
created 12 Nov 2011
 
Own
a list of 744 titles
created 20 Apr 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 05 Dec 2012
 
a list of 4 titles
created 11 Dec 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism (2009)

A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism (2009) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism.
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Horse Boy (2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY chronicles the journey of the Isaacson family as they travel through Mongolia in search of a mysterious shaman who they believe can heal their autistic son. This... See full summary »

Director: Michel Orion Scott
Stars: Rupert Isaacson, Kristin Neff, Rowan Isaacson
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The deportation of 4000 Jews from Budapest to Auschwitz in July 1944, as told by George Tabori, and how the narrator's mother escaped it, owing to coincidence, courage and some help from ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Verhoeven
Stars: Pauline Collins, George Tabori, Ulrich Tukur
Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love (TV Movie 1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young couple is overjoyed when they find out that, after having had two girls, the wife is pregnant again, and this time it will be a son. However, the boy turns out to autistic. Unhappy ... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Jordan
Stars: James Farentino, Kathryn Harrold, Stephen Elliott
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Páll is an artistic and sensitive young man. Getting dumped by his girlfriend, Dagny, triggers his descent into madness. We follow him on his way to inevitable doom; at home with his ... See full summary »

Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
Stars: Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Baltasar Kormákur, Hilmir Snær Guðnason
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Follows five autistic children as they work together to create and perform a live musical production.

Director: Tricia Regan
Stars: Hillary Aaron, Joe Aaron, Adam
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of families living in barracks, left by the US Army in Reykjavik at the conclusion of World War II.

Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
Stars: Baltasar Kormákur, Gísli Halldórsson, Sigurveig Jónsdóttir
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Sheltered by his grandparents, Luke, a young man with autism, is thrust into a world that doesn't expect anything from him. But Luke is on a quest for a job and true love. And he isn't taking no for an answer.

Director: Alonso Mayo
Stars: Lou Taylor Pucci, Jayne Eastwood, Pam Hyatt
Sassy Pants (2012)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Desperate to get out from under her overprotective mother, a home-schooled teen runs off to live with her dad, and forms a bond with his much-younger boyfriend.

Director: Coley Sohn
Stars: Anna Gunn, Ashley Rickards, Martin Spanjers
Temple Grandin (TV Movie 2010)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry.

Director: Mick Jackson
Stars: Claire Danes, Julia Ormond, David Strathairn
Adam I (2009)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Adam, a lonely man with Asperger's Syndrome, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor, Beth.

Director: Max Mayer
Stars: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
Stars: Martin Compston, Gary Lewis, Peter Capaldi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Directors: Phie Ambo, Shinji Aoyama, and 29 more credits »
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Margrét Dagmar Ericsdóttir ...
Documentary Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David G. Amaral ...
Himself - Interviewee
Simon Baron-Cohen ...
Himself - Interviewee
David Crowe ...
Himself - Interviewee
Taylor Crowe ...
Himself - Interviewee
Geraldine Dawson ...
Herself - Interviewee
...
Herself - Interviewee
Lisa Helt ...
Herself - Interviewee
Portia Iversen ...
Herself - Interviewee
Linda Lange ...
Herself - Interviewee
Catherine Lord ...
Herself - Interviewee
Joseph E. Morrow ...
Himself - Interviewee
Soma Mukhopadhyay ...
Herself - Interviewee
Tito Mukhopadhyay ...
Himself - Interviewee
Sally Rogers ...
Herself - Interviewee
Edit

Storyline

The Sunshine Boy is a moving, compassionate portrayal of a mother's desperate quest to understand the perplexing condition that controls her son. A journey through different countries, where every stop-over opens a new path into the depths of autism - and places her son in a strikingly different perspective as it reaches the end. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

autism | hope | See All (2) »

Taglines:

Unlocking an autistic mind

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

2 April 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$822 (USA) (24 September 2010)

Gross:

$1,849 (USA) (5 November 2010)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (anamorphic)
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
a compassionate, at times heart-wrenching, and informative documentary
27 August 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

THE SUNSHINE BOY is a feature length documentary from Iceland about autism. Narrated by Oscar-winner Kate Winslet, it reveals a lot of startling statistics. One out of every 150 children will be diagnosed with some form of autism; the illness is four times more prevalent in boys than in girls; and 80% of marriages between parents of autistic children end in divorce. These disturbing statistics are fairly common in most countries around the world. But the film also defuses some of the myths surrounding autism. Many sufferers are quite intelligent but are unable to express themselves or demonstrate their knowledge adequately. Directed by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, the film follows Margaret Ericsdottir, a mother of Keli, her eleven-year-old autistic son, who is frustrated by the lack of treatment available in her native Iceland. Determined to discover as much as she can about this insidious affliction, her quest takes her to America and a number of experts and institutions that are working hard to perfect treatments to help sufferers. She also talks to a number of families with autistic children to find out more about how they cope. Her search eventually takes her to Austin Texas, where a program known as HALO (Helping Autism through Learning and Outreach) is having remarkable results.

Also known as A Mother's Courage: Talking Back To Autism, this is a compassionate, at times heart-wrenching, and informative documentary that also offers a glimmer of hope and is a realistic counterpoint to Hollywood films like Rain Man. There is some unnecessary padding here, and the film could have been trimmed and still make its points effectively.


4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Fantastic documentary- Everyone should see this kino_vamp

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?