Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
Heidi (1993) from Harmony Gold
Rated G. Drama, Period Film, Family Film
Description (from the film case): The classic story of Heidi, the lovable orphan who enriches the life of everyone she meets. After charming her reclusive grandfather and falling in love with the beautiful mountain he calls home, Heidi is uprooted and sent to Frankfurt where she befriends Klara, a young girl confined to a wheelchair. But the big city drains Heidi’s energy and spirit. Torn between her new friendship and her memory of life in the Alps, Heidi faces a difficult decision. And in time, she follows her heart and finds a miracle.
My thoughts: He, as a lover of action and psychological thriller-type films, made fun of us ladies for sitting down to watch a fluffy little movie like Heidi. And he kept on making fun–until he actually started watching along and eventually got as engrossed in it as we ladies were.
There’s real stuff here, real life stuff, well-conveyed: universal themes of love, friends, family, and home, and not just caricatures of them. A sweet family film, yes, but not so fluffy, after all.
My corresponding reading: Heidi by Johanna Spyri.
2018 Update: I knew for years that some scenes had been cut from the first version I saw of this movie. But I had no idea those scenes make up nearly a half hour of footage! I recently got a new copy of this movie with a longer runtime. While I appreciate how the edited version isn’t as slow in places, I like how the longer version fills up some holes of information and also adds a little more dimension to a few of the characters.