A boy comes across a white-haired wild horse in the Camargue. Ranchers seek to capture the horse, but it escapes. What will happen as the boy sets out to find the horse again? The film is ... See full summary »
A boy comes across a white-haired wild horse in the Camargue. Ranchers seek to capture the horse, but it escapes. What will happen as the boy sets out to find the horse again? The film is set in the gorgeous landscape of the Camargue, a marsh area in the south of France where the river Rhone meets the Mediterranean Sea. Written by
So, Lamorisse's (I'm just reading he created the game "Risk", now that's a piece of information!) WHITE MANE is older, and less famous (and less awarded. It's pretty unique the beginning of THE RED BALLOON with the listing of all of its awards [8 in total]. Here the listing is composed of only 2 awards), than his THE RED BALLOON (three years older, 1953 and 1956) but in the Janus Films DVD they don't come in a chronological order, as THE RED BALLOON is pretty much the main attraction. I, sort of, respected the order of the DVD and watched first THE RED BALLOON, so I was like, after watching WHITE MANE, "this is pretty much like a remake of THE RED BALLOON, only that here we don't have balloons but wild horses" yes, both are quite similar in terms of the plot.
I think this could have been so much profound and touching with its same basic plot. One of the complaints of some other IMDb users about THE RED BALLOON is its thin plot for a whole half hour, but I didn't find in that a problem as the film is charming and funny with the simple adventures of a kid and his balloon, and for me it never felt overlong. However, I did feel that problem in WHITE MANE. It's even a bit boring at times, and I really think something is missing, I mean the thing is there with the kid (a fisherman from the south of France) who becomes the friend of a wild horse (this horse, White Mane, is a real definition of a wild horse. And is worth to mention that we have a sequence, like 3 minutes, of a horse fight... pretty strange) and the bullies (that certainly just won't stop in their way of, in this case, prove that no horse can be a "rebel" with humans) near them but like I said, something is missing, maybe something in the vein of its great, touching and meaningful ending.
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