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  • TV-G
  • 2005
  • 1 hr 44 min
  • 6.5  (1,033)

Heidi, released in 2005, is a heartwarming adaptation of Johanna Spyri's classic novel of the same name. Directed by Paul Marcus, this heartwarming film follows the life of a young orphan girl, Heidi (Emma Bolger), as she journeys from her simple life in the Swiss mountains to the big city where she must adjust to her new life with her grandfather (Max von Sydow).

The film begins with Heidi living with her Aunt Dete (Pauline McLynn), but when her aunt decides to take a job in the city, she leaves Heidi behind to live with her grandfather, who is known to be a bitter and gruff old man. However, Heidi quickly wins him over with her infectious spirit and love of the outdoors.

As Heidi settles into mountain life with her grandfather, she finds solace in the beauty of the Swiss mountains and makes friends with the goatherd, Peter (Sam Friend), and his mother, Brigitta (Jessica Claridge). However, Aunt Dete returns to take Heidi to Frankfurt to be a companion for a wealthy but wheelchair-bound girl named Clara (Jemma Churchill).

In the city, the innocent Heidi struggles to adjust to her new life, but with the help of Clara and her kindhearted governess, Fraulein Rottenmeier (Geraldine Chaplin), she is able to find her footing. Nonetheless, Heidi misses her mountain home and her grandfather and yearns to return to her roots.

The mesmerizing Swiss landscapes, stunning visuals, subtle humor, and an amazing cast, make the movie a pleasure to watch. Emma Bolger delivers a standout performance as Heidi, and Max von Sydow captures the tough shell of his character as well as his emotional vulnerability. Geraldine Chaplin's portrayal of the stern Fraulein Rottenmeier adds a gentle balance to the movie's thematic core.

The film's visual effects are awe-inspiring as it takes you on a scenic tour of the Swiss mountains, captured beautifully in each frame. The gorgeous cinematic experience is amplified by the wonderful performances from the ensemble cast.

The story is captivating, and it works well as a family film, appealing to both adults and children. The themes of the importance of family, nature, and the love of children, are explored with great depth and sensitivity in the movie, making it an excellent choice for family movie night.

In conclusion, Heidi is a powerfully satisfying adaptation of the classic novel. It is a film that celebrates the beauty of nature, familial love, and friendship. The movie teaches us that through love and kindness, we can overcome any obstacle in our lives. Capped by phenomenal performances, scenic visuals and enchanting writing, Heidi is a movie that leaves a lasting impression on the viewer.

Heidi is a 2005 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 44 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5.

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Heidi is available to watch free on The Roku Channel Free. It's also available to stream, download and buy on demand at The Roku Channel, Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube VOD and Vudu. Some platforms allow you to rent Heidi for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.
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    1 hr 44 min
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    6.5  (1,033)