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I saw this movie yesterday at the Sprockets Film Festival in Toronto and it was excellent. It was an amazing family drama that made you laugh and cry. A very enjoyable movie for the entire family to sit down to and enjoy together. This movie teaches life lessons that all children should be taught. Although it had a very small cast, EVERY single person in that cast was EXTREMELY talented, no matter how big or small their roles were. Perfect movie, perfect cast, perfect directing, perfect writing... perfect EVERYTHING!!
I had the opportunity to see this film with some friends at the Tribeka
festival. I had seen this movie once before in FRENCH through a friend who
had sent me the video when it aired on French TV. There was simply no
comparison though to seeing it on the big screen. It truly is a beautiful
film and one Jane Seymour can be very proud of. I knew of course that Jane
had been 'aged' a bit for most of the film to fit the part but I found I
so engrossed in the characters that it didn't bother me. Actually there
several scenes where we all agreed she looked absolutely beautiful and
much like Michaela Quinn. The director used these scenes skillfully to
illustrate how Fiona's (Jane's) dimeanor slowly changes as she begins to
allow Mark into her heart.
The film is about a woman who has led a hermetic existence for 20 years on Sable Island as a result of a very painful incident in her past. Mark is her twelve year old nephew who when a car accident claims the life of his dad and sister and leaves his mother in a coma, is sent to live with his aunt Fiona. As Fiona, Jane in the beginning is nearly unrecognizable, although anyone who has seen Matters of the Heart will have some idea- think of the beginning of the film. Her severity is essential though to the plot as it centers around her relationship with Mark and how the bond that slowly forms between them changes both their lives. The title of the film stems from the fact that with the exception of Fiona, the ranger, and now Mark, there are no other inhabitants on the island but a herd of wild horses. Mark and Fiona's eventual involvement with an orphaned wild pony, serves as a catalyst to unlock the secret pain in both of them and to allow a very special bond to form between them. The cinematography is a work of art in this film and the characters are very 'real', for lack of a better word. It's a simple film but one of real quality and one which I encourage anyone who has an opportunity to see to do so.
I would most highly recommend this movie. It is beautifully done and sets a touching and thoughtful mood. We happened upon this movie as In-flight entertainment returning from Ireland and were impressed by it's simple, stark beauty.
A sad boy comes to live with his isolated, distant aunt in "Touching
Wild Horses," a truly wonderful film starring Jane Seymour and Mark
Rendall. On the island there are wild horses, which are not to be
touched - and an aunt, it seems, who isn't to be touched either. Aunt
and nephew learn to coexist, and ultimately to love one another and
share their tragedies.
When the boy makes a mistake with a colt, the two must work together to make it right and teach the colt to live among the other horses, independent of humans. Conversely, the Seymour character has become independent of humans as well. In the end, all God's creatures need to learn their lessons and find out where their true strength really is.
Jane Seymour is wonderful as the tough, icy aunt. Normally a glamorous beauty, Seymour lets herself be seen as an older woman, her face weathered by nature. Mark Rendall is captivating as the boy who lost all but his mother in a car accident for which he blames himself, while his mother remains in a coma.
This is a wholly satisfying film in every way, not only the story and acting, but it has beautiful scenery and magnificent horses. Highly recommended.
A young boy (Rendall) is sent to live with his aunt Fiona (Seymour)
while his mother recuperates from a car accident that took her husband
and daughter. The reclusive aunt lives on Sable Island which is a haven
for wild horses, birds etc. Sable Island is about 100 miles east of
Nova Scotia. Fiona is allowed to live there by the Canadian Government
providing she does not touch the horses.
The is a movie worth seeing. It has elements of The Earthling (William Holden, Ricky Shroeder) and The Black Stallion (Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney). (Oh, BTW, The Earthling is not about people from Mars etc.)
This is a good family movie, almost perfect. I thought it might be a true story, but was unable to confirm that.
We recently saw Touching Wild Horses and it was a great movie. The boy that stars in it, Mark Randall, is excellent. If he continues to do quality movies, he will go far. I recommend it to anyone, especially if you love horses. The acting by Jane Seymour was also excellent.
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