When nine-year-old Rob Cole felt the life force slipping from his mother's hand he could not foresee that this terrifying awareness of impending death was a gift that would lead him from the familiar life of 11th-century London to small villages throughout England and finally to the medical school at Ispahan. Though apprenticed to an itinerant barber surgeon (Stellan Skarsgaard), it is the dazzling surgery of a Jewish physician trained by the legendary Persian physician Ibn Sina (Ben Kingsley) that inspires him to accept his gift and to commit his life to healing by... studying at Ibn Sina's school. Despite the ban on Christian students, Rob goes there, disguising himself as a Jew to gain admission. Gordon has written an adventurous and inspiring tale of a quest for medical knowledge pursued in a violent world full of superstition and prejudice. [show more]
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Tom Payne and Ben Kingsley star in this adventure drama directed by Philipp Stölzl. The film follows Rob Cole (Payne), a young English orphan, who travels to Persia to study under legendary physician Ibn Sina (Kingsley). However, being a Christian and not welcome in the area, Rob must disguise himself as a Jew in order to gain admission to the school. The supporting cast includes Stellan Skarsgård and Emma Rigby.