Our review of My Kid: Journey to Therapy

Refusing to see his autistic son leave for a center, a father embarks him on a journey along the Israeli coast. A poignant and surgical film on the quest for autonomy.

For two decades, Israeli series have shown creativity with visual asceticism and a bewildering economy of means by capturing reality to the bone without the slightest artifice of staging. Fruit of the collaboration between director Nir Bergman, co-writer of the adulated In therapy, by Hagai Levi, and Dana Idisis, comedy co-creator On the Spectrum, awarded at Séries Mania and acquired by Salto, the road-trip My Kid obeys the same requirements and the same bare aesthetic. And offers a fair and necessary portrait of parental love and the quest for autonomy of young people with disabilities.

Renowned graphic designer, Aharon gave up everything to take care of his autistic son, Uri (the diagnosis is never mentioned aloud in the film). The five-year-old and the 20-year-old live in their bubble of rituals: feeding the goldfish, eating star-shaped pasta and spending the journeys in public transport watching the works of Charlie Chaplin on …

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