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A Boy Called Po (2016)

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After his wife dies of cancer, an overworked engineer struggles to care for his son with autism. His son in response to bullying regresses into a fantasy world escape.

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Credited cast:
... David Wilson
... Po
... Amy
... Jack
... Ben
... Amelia Carr
... Randall Bane
... Valerie
... Bill
... Taylor Martz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Autistic Girl
... Nurse
... Patricia Gilliam
Mason Hafer ... Bully Kid
Starla Hall ... Mourner
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When David Wilson's young wife falls victim to cancer, he is left a single working dad with the sole responsibility of caring for his sixth grade son with autism. Patrick, who prefers to be called 'Po,' is a gifted but challenged child who was very close to his mother and unable to communicate his own sense of loss. As father and son struggle to deal with life after mom, they each begin to withdraw into their own worlds. David into the high pressure job he's close to losing and Po drifting away from the school where he's bullied into his magical fantasy world, the Land of Color, where he's just a typical carefree boy with a rich cast of other worldly companions. The growing divide between father and son and the challenges of single parenthood of a special needs child threaten to separate David and Po permanently. Based on a true story, the bonds of love between a grieving father and son are tested in the most real way in Po.

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Rated PG for thematic elements and some language

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$1,693,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,550,000, 7 September 2017
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The inspiration to make the film came from the director's son, who was diagnosed with autism. He considers the film as a love letter to his son. See more »

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Po: Patrick is a nice name for a boy.
Po: I'll call him Po.
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Dancing With Your Shadow
Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Billy Mann
Performed by Sheryl Crow
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Gorgeous, Unique, Imaginative Film That Captures Autism
12 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

As someone who has worked in the autism field for nearly a decade, I can vouch for "Po" as a film that captures the everyday challenges of thousands of families across the globe. Director John Asher's emphasis on the rawness of autism is met with magical cinematography that transports the audience to places beyond fantasy. Asher is the father of a son, Evan, who is on the autism spectrum, and insights from his personal experience are evident in the film.

Expertly written, the storyline grabs the viewer and takes them on a ride across the fine line of imagination and reality. Christopher Gorham and Julian Feder are an on-screen "dream team" - connected, convincing, and compelling.

"Po" is a brilliant film worth seeing again and again.


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