We can extremely cruel to ourselves, killing, torturing, jailing, deporting, backstabbing and on and on goes this list. Sometimes it takes the Story and the spirit of a horse to remind us, that not all of us are that way. That we are more people of love and compassion. Other really good reviewers have written a synopsis of the story, I'm gonna bypass this time, and just describe the effect this now one of my top favorite films has on me. It demonstrated to me the power of compassion towards everyting living. And like other reviewers pointed out, this film includes the major elements of many good films, thet took humanity at heart. I grew up on a farm in germany after World War 2, just a few years after the War, we still had Horses to drag the plow, just like in this film.
Our farm was just as picturesque as the farm of our protagonist in the film, pehaps a little different, because our buildings where not build out of field bolders and cement, but out of "Fachwerk" a combination out of clay and wood. The characters and the ambiance in Germany was the same as the one described in the movie. I have to thank Steven Spielberg, for building this bridge between two nations. I was surprised to see our farmers son enact parts of two of my other top favorites I Was Nineteen
and Adventures Of Werner Holt
by his way of interacting. So now I know, that Steven Spielberg must have seen those films, and probably has been inspired by them. Because those films I consider to this day, are like any others I have seen in my almost 60 years, and I've seen many, so that I run a movie store in Parry Sound for almost 30 years now.
Sometimes I rewatch those films, just to charge myself with positive energy. This movie is now on my permanent rewatch list.