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The Horse Boy (2009)

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A writer documents the journey his family takes to Mongolia to consult with nomadic shamans on the healing of their autistic son.


Michel Orion Scott
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Cast overview:
Rupert Isaacson Rupert Isaacson ... Himself - Narrator
Kristin Neff ... Herself
Rowan Isaacson Rowan Isaacson ... Himself
Kendal Stewart Kendal Stewart ... Himself (as Dr. Kendal Stewart)
Temple Grandin ... Herself (as Dr. Temple Grandin)
Dale Rudin Dale Rudin ... Herself (as Dr. Dale Rudin)
Simon Baron-Cohen Simon Baron-Cohen ... Himself (as Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen)
Roy Richard Grinker Roy Richard Grinker ... Himself (as Dr. Roy Richard Grinker)


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 film delves into the strange world of autism, horses, shamanism, and Mongolia while telling the story of a family that will go to the end of the earth to find a way into their son's life. Written by Michel O. Scott

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A father's quest to heal his son. See more »




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Release Date:

18 November 2011 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Over the Hills and Far Away See more »

Filming Locations:

Inner Mongolia, China See more »


Box Office


$160,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,554, 4 October 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$155,984, 7 February 2010
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1.85 : 1
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From The West To The East
19 October 2009 | by druid333-2See all my reviews

Rowan Isaacson is a four year-old boy,who has to live with a severe form of Autism. His parents are at wits end with his uncontrollable fits of screaming and crying and carrying on. During a walk with his Father (Rupert Isaacson),he bonds with an old horse,owned by their next door neighbour. Rupert gets the idea of taking his family to Mongolia to have his son healed by tribal Shamans (spiritual healers). It seems like the trip may be a failure from the start,but things begin to happen to Rowan (and the rest of the family,which also includes Rowan's Mother,Kristin Neff as well). First time director,Michel O.Scott (who also photographed & edited this documentary)went along to record the proceedings. The documentary video (shot on HD video)has some real nice scenic photography of the rugged,untamed countryside of Mongolia. We get to see some of the healing rituals of the tribal Shamans (which I really admired,as this culture is pretty much a mystery to most Westerners). This documentary isn't perfect,but still well worth checking out (my only two quirks I could have easily lived without are the occasional sojourns into toilet training,as Rowan had a real incontinence problem,which is rather graphically depicted on screen,plus the music score tended to feature some schmaltzy,New Age drone,rather than some Tuvan throat singers,which I would have much preferred). Not rated by the MPAA,but contains some brief strong language & some unnecessary gastric accidents from young Rowan that could have been left on the cutting room floor

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