Kyle Graham is scared. Not of monsters under the bed like any average six year old, but of just about everything - normal, everyday activities prove terrifying to him. Kyle is a child with severe autism. His mother's fierce determination to break into Kyle's world at any cost has placed an intolerable strain on her marriage. Her husband Rob , although equally devoted to his son, is frustrated by Nicola's relentless challenging of Kyle's condition. Into this setting of seemingly insurmountable conflict comes Thomas, a golden retriever puppy. Can Thomas break into Kyle's world where everyone else has failed? Gritty and real, funny and heart-warming. After Thomas is an uplifting and moving true story.
Inspiring, but not gritty enough
- After Thomas review by HP
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I first read the book that inspired this movie - A Friend like Henry - a true life story of one mother's determination to help her autistic children by whatever means possible. I was then disappointed that the film portrayed the family as a wealthy Southern English family living in an upmarket suburb, instead of a Scottish working-class family living on Clydeside and holidaying in Blackpool. Come on guys! give us the reality! Autism does not need to be coated with sugar: many families live with it and know the harsher moments.
In case you're wondering, Henry is the name of the dog,a key figure in the story, and Thomas refers to Thomas the Tank Engine, the storybook character that the autistic son was obsessed with, which became a vital line of communication between parents and child.
Do watch this film if you have an autistic child: do read the book, too, it's probably a greater source of inspiration.