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Heidi (2015)

Heidi (2015)

An orphan finds joy and family in the Alps in this modern rendition of the classic Swiss novel

7.2

Movie

Australia, France
German
Adventure, Family
2015
ALAIN GSPONER
Anna Schinz, Anuk Steffen, Beth Armstrong
111 min

TLDR

Oh, to tend to goats in the Swiss mountainside.

What it's about

Despite the death of her parents, eight-year-old orphan Heidi still keeps her spirits up despite having to move to the Swiss Alps to live with her cantankerous grandfather.

The take

Where The Secret Garden championed the restorative powers of tending to a garden as well as one’s thoughts, Swiss novel Heidi touched on similar themes a few decades before, celebrating instead the natural beauty of the Alps mountainside, and the titular character bringing back joy and hope to her family. The film remains faithful to the novel, playing out the book’s events with a more sleek look and even more stunning landscapes of the Swiss Alps. While previous generations would inevitably compare the version of their time to this latest version, 2015’s Heidi is a decent adaptation, recreating the classic tale for today’s kids.

What stands out

The scenery.

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