Sunshine Boy, The | Sólskinsdrengurinn – dir. Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, 2009

date: 04/08/2012 time: 12:30 place: Allianz Cinema film program: retrospective of Fridrik Thor Fridriksson artistic program: films

IS | 2009 | 103 min

reż|dir Fridrik Thor Fridriksson pro|pro Margrét Dagmar Ericsdóttir zdj|ph Jón Karl Helgason muz|mus Sigur Rós, Björk mon|ed Þuríður Einarsdóttir ob|cast Margrét Dagmar Ericsdóttir, Kate Winslet, Temple Grandin


Margaret, mother of 11-year-old autistic Kali, is trying to relieve her son any way she can. She is trying to understand his condition and find a common ground for communication. She goes to the United States to get advice from one of the biggest experts in the field of her son’s disease. There she meets numerous families dealing with the same problems as herself. She gets the most help from Soma Mukhopadhyay, mother of respected autistic author Tito Mukhopadhyay. She discovered an effective method of working with children suffering from this illness.

After a seven-year break, Fridriksson returns to documentary film. The first several  minutes are devoted to medical issues and statistics, but the film soon abandons this tone to become a road movie full of sensitivity, a touching portrayal of a mother seeking help for her son. Margaret is also the producer of the picture. The narration is read by Kate Winslet.