The Barrons like to think of themselves as a typical
American family. Never mind the fact that Todd drops bombs on Afghan targets
one minute and sits down to dinner with his wife and kids the next. A drone
pilot stationed in Nevada, he manages to compartmentalize the conflicting demands
of combat and family life—until their son, Max, is diagnosed with autism.
His wife, Rose, deploys an army of specialists,
surfing the outer limits of the web for a miracle cure. Meanwhile, Max clings
to compulsive isolation and order—wearing the same tan clothes, eating the same
round foods, lining up trucks or Legos or whatever else needs to be lined up—to
fend off the chaos of normalcy.
Unhinged by their son’s prognosis, Rose resorts to
New Age magical thinking to cope with her own sense of losing control. Todd
feels curiously indifferent, watching his wife and son retreat further and
further into la-la land. It’s a familiar feeling, symptomatic of his “Chair
Force” job waging virtual war. The Barrons continue to drift apart until a
gifted behavioral therapist intervenes, reviving the dream of discovering a
Home Front is both deeply personal and culturally relevant, a
family portrait of the uncanny connection between autism, drone warfare, and
virtual reality. Without a real diagnosis of the problem, the prognosis isn’t
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