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After Thomas [DVD] [2006]
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2007
I watched this film on tv, boxing day. It broke my heart to watch it, as it was so realistic, you could only feel for the parents and the little boy, Thomas, the puppy, named after Thomas the Tank engine was so real to me as anyone who has been affected by ASD, knows that Thomas is usually the most loved 'person' by your child. The Tantrums, the hurt, the pain and most importantly the hope these parents had. Thank you to the parents and the people who put this together, I didn't feel alone anymore, with the battle against your own insanity, the love for your child and the willingness to get the best out of a 'bad' situation. Handled sensitively, also showed the effects the world has on you, when you are bringing up a child with ASD. I would recommend this film to anyone, who is affected by ASD, knows someone with ASD, or wants to educate themselves and their families about this ever growing condition. Not all unruley children are naughty, or unwilling to co-operate. Some can't by nature. Must see. A+++++++++++
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2009
After Thomas [DVD] [2006]

The story of a family, whose son Kyle was born with severe autism. Kyle's behaviour ranges from sullen silence to kicking and screaming tantrums - he cannot interact with others, he cannot show love towards his parents.

Follow the family's frustrations - from the lack of understanding of outside observers to dealing with medical and other authorities.

A visit to friends with dogs has Kyle communicating with the dogs in a way that he cannot with people. A golden retriever puppy, Thomas, so named because of Kyle's obsession with Thomas the Tank Engine, joins the family. Thomas's devotion allows Kyle to communicate and open up, first to Thomas, then to his family.

It is very moving to follow the progress made by Kyle, and you could feel the joy of his parents as he starts to express his emotions and feelings.

This is based on 'a friend like henry', the true story of the Gardner family. I would suggest reading the book first, (where the dog is named Henry, and the boy is Dale!)
A Friend Like Henry

Both book and DVD are delightful

Excellent, highly recommended - a box of tissues needed!
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2007
This is an emotional drama based on true events of life with an Autistic child. This will have you weeping from the start, a very powerful and hard hitting piece, quite possibly the best drama seen on TV in a long time. If you liked Rainman then this is a film for you. After Thomas doesn't wrap the issues with cotton wool, it demonstrates a close truth of living with such a condition, and the effects it has on everyone. Another good film based on the same issues is 'snow cake'.

If you have a passion for Autism these are the films for you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I would recommend this film to people who have their conditions of autism, asperger syndrome etc.

In fact, this film was based on a book about an autistic kid named Dale and a dog named after his favourite Thomas character 'Henry'
In the film, it takes place in the year 1993 and I was like 'wow!' (but I never expect anything from the 1990's like that nowadays, even though the film is made in 2006... I just don't know how.)

The plot starts with Kyle Graham has to struggle with a disability of severe condition of autism, and his parents couldn't know what to do to handle this. Until a solution came as an answer to fix their problems with their son, comes a golden retriever dog named after the popular TV series character 'Thomas the Tank Engine'.

Honestly I have never seen this film, but I heard it had premièred on ITV in Boxing Day 2006 and has eventually been released on DVD in 2007. Now I have the DVD for Christmas and watched it.

Overall, the film is really good to watch despite having some tear jerking moments.
Again I would give it 7.1/10.

Daniel Coffey
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Being based on the book 'A Friend Like Henry by Nuala Gardner', I do advise reading this before watching the film, as the film only shows part of what Nicola and Rob went through with their son, and where the film ends, the book carries on quite a bit further, explaning the trials the family went through. The film doesn't really do justice to the book, however, it is gripping from start to finish, opens a window of what life is like for many parents in Rob and Nicola' position. It is a truly touching film, that will have you reaching for the tissues by the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2011
After reading the book I could not resist and watch the film. Is a very beautiful and sad story . Very good recomended for any dog lover !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2013
As a parent of a child with Autism and someone who has had contact with many people with varying degrees of Autistic Spectrum Disorder both personally and professionally, I thought this film was brilliantly done. It really shows the tough times which some families experience and it also makes you appreciate every bit of progress made. It highlights the many areas of difficulty both for the little boy who is happy when things are within his control - which obviously life in general is not (hence he struggles to cope with everyday things), his lack of danger awareness and also the difficulties faced by the family, such as strain on marriage, exhaustion, child's education, other people's small mindedness, difficulties having a life outside of caring responsibilities etc.

I found myself laughing and crying along with this film and enjoying the connection the boy builds with the dog which in turn triggers other changes. It also shows the power of having supportive and understanding people around to help and advise. If you're interested in Autism or human-dog companionship then this is a must see. If you aren't then its still worth watching!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2013
I originally watched this drama when it was onT.V. I was delighted to find it available on dvd, as it is such a good account of what life with an Autistic child is really like. I could really relate to the story, being a mother to an Autistic child myself. I would highly reccomend this dvd to anybody wo wants to develop a better understanding of Autism, which is a very difficut condition to explain in words!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2009
ive watched this film about 5 times and it is still realy good.the film is about a autistic/aspergas syndrome boy named kyle who his obbsession is thomas the tank engine and his mum and dad think that kyle thinks that there just objects and that he only cares about thomas the tank engine.when they get a dog kyle has connection with the dog and the dog help kyle with his autism.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2011
Ifound this film was educating and gives anyone who does not know much about autism how much at risk these sort of people are although they can can give so much happiness and joy to those people around them and proves the point that canines are a mans best friend it a gripping veiwing and a heart-warming tear-jerking story i enjoyed it and would watch it again
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