- 49 min
Heidi is a 1995 family movie that tells the story of a little girl who goes through various ordeals before finding her true home. The movie starts with Heidi being sent away by her Aunt Dete to live with her grandfather, whom she has never met before. Heidi's grandfather, Alp-Uncle, is a solitary man who lives in the Swiss Alps and is rumored to be a hermit. However, the intelligent and spirited Heidi manages to win over her grandfather with her innocent ways and curious mind.
Heidi enjoys her life in the mountains with her grandfather, who teaches her about nature and animals. She becomes close friends with a goatherd named Peter, and they go on various adventures together. At the same time, Heidi misses her city life in Frankfurt and longs to go back. Aunt Dete ultimately returns to take her with her, but Heidi's grandfather finds out and goes to Frankfurt to bring her back.
Back in the mountains, Heidi's grandfather becomes concerned about her education and sends her to live with a wealthy family in Frankfurt, the Sesemanns, to be educated under the tutelage of a governess named Fraulein Rottenmeier. Initially, Heidi finds it challenging to adjust to the strict and formal life in Frankfurt, but she ultimately wins over the Sesemanns with her innocent charm.
However, Fraulein Rottenmeier does not share the same fondness for Heidi and finds her to be a nuisance. Despite Fraulein Rottenmeier's stern demeanor, Heidi remains optimistic and manages to make friends with Clara, a wheelchair-bound girl who lives next door. With Heidi's help, Clara learns to walk again and gains a new sense of independence.
While Heidi's stay in Frankfurt is enjoyable, she misses her life in the mountains and her grandfather. Nonetheless, she is content as long as she is with her friends. However, Heidi's joy is abruptly cut short when Fraulein Rottenmeier receives a letter from Aunt Dete, who is in search of Heidi for her own selfish reasons. Fraulein Rottenmeier sends Heidi back to her aunt in the city.
Heidi is heartbroken to leave her friends and longs to be back in the mountains. Aunt Dete takes her to a wealthy family, the Snyders, where she is treated poorly and made to work as a servant. However, with the help of a kind doctor named Dr. Classen, Heidi manages to escape and return to her grandfather. In a touching reunion, Heidi is finally back where she belongs: in the Swiss Alps with her grandfather and friends.
Heidi is a touching movie that explores themes of family, friendship, and the importance of finding one's true home. The cinematography beautifully captures the beauty of the Swiss Alps, and the performances by the cast are excellent. Susan Schiff delivers a standout performance as Heidi, portraying her with sensitivity and vulnerability. Nathan Aswell gives a heartwarming portrayal of Alp-Uncle, a man who learns to love again through the kindness of his granddaughter. Wanda Wilkinson shines as Fraulein Rottenmeier, bringing wit and humor to a stern character. Andrea Libman is also excellent as Clara, a character who grows in confidence and independence throughout the movie.
Heidi is a family-friendly movie that will appeal to viewers of all ages. It is a timeless classic that tells a heartwarming story of a little girl who finds her place in the world.
Heidi is a 1995 adventure movie with a runtime of 49 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.0.